This recipe is so easy, yet so delicious. You can change up the type of meat (I have used a combo of beef, chicken and/or sausage) and use whatever veges you choose. It always comes out a winner! Whenever I bring it to a carry-in, I am inevitably asked for the recipe! I highly recommend you use Certified Angus Beef when preparing this dish ... you will taste the difference!
- Saute beef, onion, celery and garlic in a large pan until well done.
- Strain off fat, leaving meat in the strainer and reserving pan for later use.
- Boil potatoes until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
- Drain and mash with butter.
- Blanch carrots (or microwave until al dente) and add to beef mixture.
- Whisk broth with flour to thicken, and add to the pan. When gravy comes to a boil, add beef and carrot mixture.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Spoon meat mixture into a 2-quart casserole. Spoon potatoes on top.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Top with cheese and let sit until cheese melts from the radiated heat; approximately 5 minutes.
I've never had Shepherd's Pie before but DH has been asking for it. Mine took on a 'south of the border' flair since I added a poblano pepper, corn and topped with instant southwest mashed potatoes. Very tasty, thanks for sharing!
I don't really like Shepherd's Pie we do in Quebec (beef, corn and mashed potatoes). But this version is so good. I love it and I'll do it again. I love all the veggies in it. I added green bell pepper. I love the sauce with the beef base (I used no-sodium). I heated the sauce in the microwave. I cooked the carrots in the microwave also. When the cheese was a little bit melted, I decided to put the oven at Broil to broil the cheese. Yummy! Thanks Cooks4_6 for a yummy meal :) Made for 123 hit wonders.
I love Shepherd's Pie - usually I serve mine with corn... but my dbf doesn't like corn... so this was PERFECT!! Loved the added celery and carrots and LOVED THE CHEESE ON TOP!!! ;) Thanks Cooks! :) Made for Zaar Tag.