Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie Potato Skins
- Ready In:
- 1hr 45mins
- 10 small idaho potatoes, washed and dried
- olive oil
- 1⁄2 small yellow onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 teaspoon thyme
- 1⁄2 lb ground beef
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1⁄2 cup beef broth
- 1⁄2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1⁄4 cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed
- vegetable oil, for brushing
- 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
- sour cream, for garnish
- chopped parsley, for garnish
- Prick the potatoes all over with a fork. Working in two batches, place the potatoes directly on the microwave turntable and microwave for 10-15 minutes or until soft when pricked with a knife.
- When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in half horizontally. Scoop the flesh into a bowl, leaving a small layer of potato in the skins.
- Place the potato skins, flesh side down on two parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Reserve the potato flesh for another use.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and thyme. Sauté until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
- Add the ground beef. Cook until browned, breaking up with a wooden spoon.
- Sprinkle the flour over and stir, cooking for 1 minute.
- Add the beef broth and Worcestershire. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 minutes.
- Add the peas and carrots and let simmer for 5-7 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper. Turn heat to low, cover, and keep warm.
- Brush the potato skins with vegetable oil and bake for 7-10 minutes until the skin is crispy.
- Flip potato skins over and fill each skin with about 2 tablespoons of cheese.
- Top the cheese with 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture.
- Bake for 7-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
- Top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of parsley.
Questions & Replies
I would think that a Shepherd's Pie version would have the mashed potatoes on top, then cheese and sour cream. I haven't tried these yet, but I believe I would go ahead and mash the scooped out potato with butter, cream and S&P; top the meat mixture with the mashed potatoes and then cheese. Then, finish it off with sour cream before serving. Yum...
I like to make things ahead. I make the filling for Shepherd"s Pie and freeze it in individual portions. When I want to eat it sometimes I just throw some mashed potatoes over it and microwave or bake it. Sometimes I Microwave a potato and scoop out the potato and fill with the premade mixture. And sometimes I top the premade mixture with tator tots and bake.