This from the Rachael Ray Show. This is a variation from the original as our family does not like bleu cheese. Otherwise it was the same.
- 2 lbs idaho potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1⁄2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 4 slices bacon, chopped (smoked or peppered)
- 2 lbs ground sirloin
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 lb button mushroom, quartered
- black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups beef stock, divided
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 1⁄4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 3 tablespoons ranch dressing
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Following the directions will allow everything to come together at the end.
- Place potatoes in a pot, cover with cold water and bring up to a boil. Season water with salt and boil potatoes until tender, 12 to15 minutes.
- Heat a skillet with high sides over medium high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil.
- Add bacon. Crisp bacon and remove to paper towel lined plate.
- Add sirloin to the pan and caramelize the meat, 7 to 8 minutes.
- Add in the mushrooms and onions and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
- Then season with salt and pepper.
- While meat cooks heat a small sauce pot over medium heat and melt butter, whisk the flour into butter, cook 2 minutes then whisk beef stock into flour, add Worcestershire and season sauce with salt and pepper, to taste. Thicken 6 to 7 minutes.
- Turn on broiler and have top rack 6 inches away from broiler flame.
- Pour gravy over meat and cook until the gravy thickens.
- Put meat/mushroom/onion mixture into a 9 x 13 inch oven safe dish.
- Place drained potatoes back into the pot you cooked them in to dry them out a little. Mash potatoes with egg yolk and sour cream.
- Stir egg yolk into the potatoes.
- Stir Ranch Dressing into the potatoes.
- Stir shredded cheese into the potatoes.
- Season the potatoes with salt and pepper and spread across the top of the meat in an even layer.
- Garnish the potatoes with paprika.
- Place under broiler to crisp and brown the potatoes, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
This was soo yum! FIrst time to make Shepherds pie. I was low carbing it so I used garlic mashed cauliflower on top instead of potatoes. Also I attempted using soy flour instead of the regular flour in the gravy...but it didnt quite work hahahah...well I didnt cook the butter/flour mixture for 2-3 min like the in the recipe cause it was getting dark fast and I got scared so I added the broth. It still tasted really good in the end it just wasnt super gravy-y. It would have been perfect if I had used reg flour :) Thanks for posting!
Sorry, this just didn't quite do it for us. A lot of work to make what is essentially hamburger gravy and mashed potatoes. 3 pans and a baking dish! Found it to be a bit bland. Some garlic and herbs might help. Also, there were some problems with the way the recipe is written. What does one do with the cooked bacon? (I added it to the meat) And why is the beef stock divided in the ingredient list, but no mention of dividing it in the instructions. And egg yolks mixed into potatoes twice? I did cut recipe in half with no problem, and still had plenty left over. Made for Best of 2011 game.
I just got done eating this and I am STUFFED! It's so filling. I've seen Rachael make this a couple times on TV now and I've been wanting to try it. Boy, I'm glad I did. However, I did make a few changes. First of all, I halved the recipe for just the two of us and we still had plenty of leftovers. I also added a clove of garlic to the mushroom/meat mixture. And because my BF HATES ranch dressing, I substituted heavy cream and threw in a Tbs of fresh thyme. Lastly I added the bacon to the potatoes (thanks for the great idea ihvhope!). I will definitely make this again but will probably take some store bought help next time to make things go a little quicker.