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Shepherd's Pie

close up shot of a slice of Shepherd's Pie on a plate
Simple and delicious, your family will love this shepherd’s pie. It’s a baked dish, complete with layers of flavorful ground beef, vegetables, and home-style mashed potatoes.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 261 kcal

Ingredients
  

Mashed Potato Topping

  • 2 pounds potatoes peeled and cut into big chunks
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ to ½ cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Filling

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups frozen peas, carrots, and corn medley
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 bay leaf

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Boil the potatoes in water to cover until fork tender and then drain the water.
  • Add the butter, sour cream, milk, salt, and pepper to taste and mash the potatoes with a hand masher or mixer until you reach your favorite mashed potato consistency. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet brown the ground beef along with the onions and garlic. Drain any excess grease.
  • To the same skillet add 2 cups of the frozen vegetables. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the meat and veggies and stir to mix.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir to mix it in.
  • Add the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, thyme, and bay leaf.
  • Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to low. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, adding additional broth if necessary to prevent the meat from drying out.
  • Remove from heat. Spread the meat mixture in an even layer in a 9x13 dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Make sure to remove the bay leaf before adding the mixture to the 9x13 dish.
  • Top the meat with the mashed potatoes making an even layer of potatoes. You can get all fancy and pipe the potatoes onto the meat or you can use a spoon and spread the potatoes evenly and then use a fork to make designs and ridges in the potatoes. These little ridges will brown nicely!
  • Place the dish in the oven and bake for 30 minutes until brown and bubbly. You can place it under the broiler for a few minutes to brown the potatoes more if necessary.

Notes

TIP: To help keep the mashed potatoes from sinking, allow the meat filling to cool in the casserole dish for about 20 minutes before layering the potatoes on.
TIP: You can get all fancy and pipe the potatoes onto the meat or you can use a spoon and spread the potatoes evenly and then use a fork to make designs and ridges in the potatoes.

Nutrition

Sodium: 163mgCalcium: 63mgVitamin C: 24mgVitamin A: 432IUSugar: 3gFiber: 4gPotassium: 636mgCholesterol: 48mgCalories: 261kcalSaturated Fat: 7gFat: 15gProtein: 13gCarbohydrates: 19gIron: 4mg