Thursday, July 26, 2012

Basic Shepherd's Pie

My neighbor last year introduced me to Shepherd's Pie. It's so yummy! Definitely soul food. My best friend this week was having a really, really rough day and so I decided to make her something to warm her up. I ran to the store and put this together pretty quick, with Mr. C clinging to my knees most of the time too! (Tip: Peeling potatoes is not easy with a one year old in the room. They tend to eat the peels. Bleh.) 

It's a pretty simple, common recipe but I wanted to share it with you just the same :) 


Ground Beef (about 1-1.5 lbs)
1 Bag frozen carrots and peas (and corn too if you dig it)
3 large Idaho potatoes
1 small onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic
Spices for the beef
Milk and Butter for the potatoes
2 Tbsp olive oil

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Peel and chop potatoes, then put in a large stock pot and cover with water. Put them on high heat and boil until soft enough to mash. 
  • While the potatoes are cooking: in a very large skillet add olive oil, garlic, and onion. Stir frequently on med-high heat until nice and golden brown. 
  • Add the ground beef and cook until it's all brown. Season how you like. I normally go with cumin, salt, pepper, and oregano. 

  • Mix in the frozen carrots and peas, turn the heat down to low-med, stir frequently until the veggies are mostly warm. 
  • Mash the potatoes, add milk, butter, and salt to taste. 
  • Pour the ground beef mixture into a large casserole dish, then spread the mashed potatoes across the top. Fluff them up so you'll get nice golden peaks. 
  • Stick it in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. 

Let it cool and serve!

P.S. This makes a LOT. I had enough for dinner for me and the kids, lunch the next day, a tupperware filled in the freezer for another time, and another tupperware to take to my BFF. That's a LOT! 

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