Sunday, October 20, 2013

Easy Shepherd’s Pie

· Prep time: 10 minutes
  Cook time: 50 minutes
· Yield: Serves four.


·                                 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
·                                 1 onion chopped
                                   1 clove garlic
·                                 1-2 cups vegetables - chopped carrots, corn, peas
·                                 1 1/2 - 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones)
·                                 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
·                                 1/2 cup beef broth
·                                 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
·                                 Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice


1 Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).

2 While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan.

3 Saute onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.

4 Add ground beef and saute until no longer pink. Add garlic. Add salt and pepper. Add Worcestershire sauce. Add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist.

5 Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste.

6 Place beef and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.

7 Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.

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