Skillet Shepherd's Pie

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is a quick and easy version of a classic, and the guys in my family raved about it. I'm posting here for safe keeping. It's a recipe from America's Test Kitchen.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Move oven rack to the upper-middle position and heat the broiler.
  2. Place the frozen hash browns in a large microwavable bowl and separate the shreds. (I pound them lightly with the back of a wooden spoon and they fall apart.) Toss them with 2 tbsp of the melted butter, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Microwave the potatoes, covered, until tender - 7 - 10 minutes on high.
  3. Cook beef and onion in a large oven safe skillet until beef is cooked, about 5 minutes. Drain fat off.
  4. Stir thyme and flour into beef/onion mixture and cook about 1 minute. Add broth and Worcestershire sauce and cook about 6 - 8 minutes until thickened.
  5. Add peas and carrots to beef mixture and simmer until heated, about a minute, and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Scatter the cooked hash browns over the top of the beef mixture and brush with the rest of the butter.
  7. Place the skillet unter the broiler and broil 3 - 5 minutes or until the potatoes have golden brown tips.
  8. Remove from oven and serve.


Most Helpful

I liked this quite a bit. It did take a bit longer in my oven on broil, but not a problem. Had to sub corn for the carrots based on what I had. I agree with the reviewer who said this was a bit like a pasty without the crust. Think I'll add some garlic next time and mess with the seasonings a bit, but still a quick tasty weeknight dinner. Thanks for sharing.

Queen Roachie October 27, 2011

I'm always on the lookout for a new way to use ground beef and I loved the idea of a shepherd's pie without crust & without mashed potatoes on the top. I came really close to not getting this made during the tour, but I'd bought hash browns specifically for it. I'm SO glad I did it! My family raved over it. I think that the simple addition of fresh thyme & Worcestershire to the broth gave the whole dish a unique flavor. I didn't have just peas & carrots, so we used a mix of carrots, green beans, corn & asparagus. This dish was so good it makes me wish I hadn't submitted my Best of Tour yet! DS (picky toddler) ate 3 helpings & then licked the serving spoon too! I didn't make this in one dish, as I wanted to freeze half of it. This recipe made two 9 inch square baking dishes & each one will feed the four of us. Thanks for sharing, Nan! Made & enjoyed for ZWT-6 Team Xtra Hot Dishes! :)

**Tinkerbell** June 25, 2010

This reminded me of a pasty without the crust. It was easy to make and very filling. I used a 30 ounce bag of potatoes which worked perfect. Thanks for posting this all in one dish meal! Made for *ZWT 6* I'm on Team *Ya Ya Cookerhood*

Charlotte J June 18, 2010

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