Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie has got to be one of my favorite comfort foods. There’s just something about it that screams cozy-night-in and seeing as how cozy-nights-in are constantly topping my list of favorite pastimes, shepherd’s pie is my perfect fall dinner.I used to think that shepherd’s pie was difficult to make. I’m not really sure why I thought that because I had never really attempted to make it. I just hate to mess up classic Irish recipes. However, if you never try they you’ll never learn and if you never learn how to make shepherd’s pie then your life will be just a little bit poorer.5

I guess technically this should be called cottage pie since it’s made with beef and not lamb, but tomāto tomato.

Shepherd’s Pie

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 6-7 red or golden potatoes
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 ounces beef broth
  • 4 ounces red wine
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • olive oil

Fill a medium sauce pan with water and bring to a boil. Add in the potatoes and let boil until soft.

Heat a large skillet with olive oil over medium high heat and add in all of the vegetables. Cook until soft.

In another large skillet, brown the beef over medium high heat for a new minutes, then add in the wine, cloves, salt and pepper. Continue to cook until the beef is cooked through.

When the veggies are soft, add in the beef broth and dijon mustard, stir, and then add the ground beef/wine mixture. Continue to cook until the liquid has reduced by half.

In a large bowl, mash the potatoes. Add in the butter, yogurt or sour cream, milk and parmesan cheese. Mix together and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pour the beef and veggie mix into a medium size casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes and place in the oven. Turn your oven onto the broil setting and let broil until the potatoes are golden brown.

Serve immediately and enjoy!


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