Monday, June 16, 2008

Easy as Pie Shepherds Pie

I absolutely love to cook!

I make up dishes (some turn out good, some turn out not so good). I like to make things easy on myself. Some recipes may require a lot of work. I normally try to find a way to simplify them.
In any event...I just love to cook.

My hubby will pretty much try anything
Well with that being said, I'm able to put a twist on old favorites and also try new things that I'm sure he will pretend he likes although his face tells the true story.

We frequent a well known restaurant here in Atlanta and Shepherd's Pie is a dish on their menu that Herb order often. I kept thinking to myself...I have to be able to make that at home...and I know it will taste better. goes.

I cant vouch for the taste just yet as he has not made it home to pencil in the score card, however It sure looks good!!

Easy Shepherd's Pie

1 Tbsp Butter
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Sm Onion Diced
1 Bag of Frozen Peas and Carrots (1 - 1 1/2 cups)
1 Stalk of Celery Diced
1 Clove Garlic
1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
1/4 C Ketchup
1 - 1 1/2 Lbs Lean Ground Beef
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 c Beef Broth
Salt / pepper
Shredded Sharp Cheddar
Mashed Potatoes

Ok Here are all of my ingredients. After starting, I decided against the homemade mashed potatoes. I just couldn't bring myself to peel the amount that I would need for this dish, so I went the instant route.

Saute the veggies (chopped onions and celery) in olive oil and butter until just about tender
Then thrown in your carrots, peas, and garlic...continue to cook.
Now add your Ground Beef...cook until only slightly pink
Add your tomato paste, ketchup, and worcestershire sauce ( I used garlic and oregano tomato paste)
Continue to cook until ground beef is done (be sure to season your beef with salt and pepper)

Prepare your mashed potatoes ( I used instant)
You will need 4c of mashed potatoes
Mix in 1/2 Cup Sharp cheddar Cheese

Pour Ground beef mixture into a casserole dish ( Be sure to spray with non stick spray first)
Spoon Mashed potatoes over the beef mixture

Bake uncovered, on top rack in oven for 20 minutes

Top dish, with 1 cup ( or more if you like) sharp cheddar cheese
Return to oven just until all of the cheese has melted

Here's the final product

1 comment:

sony said...

I've always wanted to make Shepherds Pie. It looks YUM! My fiance isn't much of a mixed-food-casserole type of man, but something about this tells me he just may like it. We'll see when we get married :) Thanks for the recipe, and a 'real-life' pic of what it looks like!