Prep 15 mins
Cook 25 mins
From Rachael Ray. I love this recipe it's so easy and delicious.
- 2 lbs potatoes, such as russet, peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons sour cream or 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1⁄2 cup cream (for a lighter version substitute vegetable or chicken broth)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
- 1 3⁄4 lbs ground beef or 1 3⁄4 lbs ground lamb
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup beef stock or 1 cup broth
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, eyeball it
- 1⁄2 cup frozen peas, a couple of handfuls
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl. Combine sour cream, egg yolk and cream. Add the cream mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth.
- While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan with beef or lamb. Season meat with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. If you are using lamb and the pan is fatty, spoon away some of the drippings. Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook veggies with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Stir in peas.
- Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. Top casserole dish with chopped parsley and serve.
This was really good. Instead of the mashed potatoes listed in the recipe, I topped the pie with leftover Colcannon (Colcannon) (mashed potatoes & cabbage), which I think made it even better. The kids asked for it again - and even my husband, who usually thinks "comfort food" means "bland", thought this tasted great. The worcestershire sauce was a great addition to the flavor.
This recipe was okay. The first time I've made or had shepherd's pie. I wasn't too impressed - kinda bland and boring. I think I'll try a different recipe next time. And this one would be easier just to use packaged gravy and instant potatoes and frozen veggies. If I did that, it might be worth it. But for all that work I just wasn't too impressed. Thanks anyway, Rachel Ray!
Not too terribly impressed with this one. It was okay, but I found it to be a bit bland. And although not very complicated to put together it was a bit time consuming between chopping the veggies and then tending to 3 pans cooking simultaneously on the stove. It was okay but just not something I think I will make again. Oh, and one more thing, I think some cheese would really help this dish out!