Shepherd's Pie

"This is my favorite version. The nutmeg is my "secret" ingredient. Amounts need not be exact."
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  • Brown ground beef with 1/2 chopped onion& 1 clove chopped garlic.
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper& worcestershire sauce.
  • Spread into 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Saute remaining chopped onion, 1 clove chopped garlic in a little butter- add sliced mushrooms and cook until soft.
  • Layer on top of ground beef.
  • Sprinkle frozen peas onto mushrooms.
  • Spread on mashed potatoes next.
  • Smooth completely to edges to seal like a crust.
  • Lightly sprinkle potatoes with ground nutmeg.
  • Top evenly with shredded cheese.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese starts to golden and contents are bubbling.
  • Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.

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  1. This was really good! I used a garlic mashed potato and added corn as well as peas. Made for PAC Spring '12
  2. I've never made Shepard's pie before trying this recipe. I don't think it's my kind of dish. I just thought it was a little blah. Had lots of leftovers and was very sick of this dish by the time it was all used up. Perhaps this is a good recipe, if you like shepards pie.
  3. Delicious! The nutmeg IS the secret! Such great comfort food. I used a little less mashed potatoes about 4 cups, a little more meat about 1 3/4lbs, 8 oz cheese and about 12 oz of frozen peas just because that is what I had on hand and the only thing I would change next time would be to add about one more cup of potatoes. Thanks for a great version of this classic food.
  4. This is a wonderful satisfying dish that I can't wait to make again. Since hubby does not like nutmeg, I just sprinkled half of it with nutmeg. I love it!!! Thanks for sharing, Sqrl. This will make many repeat performances at our table.
  5. I'm a vegetarian so I made this with s heaping cut of flavored TVP instead of meat and it was divine........ Thank you!!!!!


  1. I'm a vegetarian so I made this with s heaping cut of flavored TVP instead of meat and it was divine........ Thank you!!!!!


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