Comforting Shepherd's Pie

"Recipe is from Southern Living and obtained in a search for recipes for shepherd's pie... this one looked the best to me, so I tried it. It is GREAT and a regular request by the kids, especially my SIL. (Yes, yes, I know... shepherd's pie has lamb and cottage pie has beef.. but SL named this recipe, not me)."
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  • If you're making your own, prepare mashed potatoes; set aside.
  • Brown beef and onion in lg skillet over med-high heat for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring til beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain and return to skillet.
  • Add carrots and peas; stir in flour, 1 t salt, 1/4 t pepper,& tomato paste.
  • Add broth, and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Spoon mixture into lightly greased 7x11” baking dish.
  • Stir together mashed potatoes, egg, and remaining 1 t salt and 1/4 t pepper; spoon over beef mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes; top w/ grated cheddar and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  • NOTE: I use condensed beef broth for a beefier/heartier flavor. ;).

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  1. This was very easy to make because I used leftover roast beef, instant mashed potatoes (Barbara's brand!), and leftover gravy. The meat was shredded and cooked in a little bit of oil with the onion. I also added a sprinkle of salt-free garlic powder to the meat. Threw in the vegetables, diluted gravy to make 1 cup "broth" and heated through. Topped with the mashed potatoes and sprinkled top of pie with paprika. I believe I had the pie prepped in less than 15 minutes. After removing pie from oven, allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. It is easier to serve that way. Each serving had a dollop of sour cream, too. Thank you, Impera!
  2. The cheese at the end is such a pleasant addition. The filling was very flavorful and overall the dish was a hit!
  3. Delicious! I had left-over mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving and used a pound of venison from my deer-hunting brother-in-law. I had some celery to use up and threw that in the mix as well. For easiness, I used 1 cup of frozen peas & carrots. The only change I would make would be to use 1/2 the salt and add more at the table if desired. Thank you for the great recipe! I love these kinds of homey dishes and will make again!
  4. I liked the base but the egg seemed to thin down the potatoes and they were a little runny. I think the base would make a pretty good pot pie filling.
  5. I've made this several tie for myself, and pot-lucks. The original, and variations. Always turns out great. Typically, I'll add extra veggies to fill it out, Finely chopped squash and zuccini work well. I made a nice varient -Texas style. No peas, add green, and red bell pepper. Add 4-8 oz chopped green chilies, use red onion, and add some corn. Turned out awesome.


  1. This was wonderful. I did make some changes though, I used ground Turkey instead of beef, frozen mixed vegetables, ketchup and I omitted the egg from the potatoes. I bought the new steam and mash potatoes and they were quick and easy. Overall this was a really good recipe. I did also season the meat while cooking it with Adobo and Nature's Seasoning.
  2. Hearty and tasty meal that's easy to prepare - this will be a new St. Paddy's Day tradition in my house since my husband doesn't love corned beef. I did use homemade mashed potatoes with buttermilk and a sliced scallion, and added some garlic powder to the meat, but we still thought the dish needed a little "kick". Next time (and I WILL be making this again soon), I will season the meat/gravy a little more. I also subbed corn for the peas and think any other stew/soup veggies would be great too.
  3. I added a small can of corn and a can of black beans. Instead of peas, I used edamames. It was GREAT. It made alot though - it was enough for 2 meals for my family of five. I froze the 2nd half and will make this one again.
  4. Wonderful!!! This is an absolute keeper. I didn't have tomato paste on hand so I used a can of chopped tomatoes instead. I also used chicken broth in place of the beef broth. Thank you for posting this!!
  5. I used a ground turkey mixture with green peppers and onions. (I had this previously browned and frozen in the freezer. I thawed it out prior to using in this recipe.) I also used chicken broth instead of beef broth and canned peas. I didn't have carrots, so I omitted them. I made my own mashed potatoes and assembled and baked as directed. My five year old and ten year old loved it!


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