Sunday, June 21, 2009

The New British Invasion: Sheperd's Pie!

Today, I will show you how I make my version of Shepherd's Pie. This is exactly how I make it. It's not the most traditional recipe but my family loves it. This English meat pie is hearty, yummy and makes a great weeknight meal. I love meat and potato recipes that are easy to make like this one.

1. First, caramelize 1 cup of roughly chopped red onion and garlic. Why red? because it's very sweet once it caramelizes. This will take about 30 minutes. Add about 2 pounds of ground beef and saute until brown. Add one tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and 3 tablespoons of brown gravy mix. The gravy mix will give the meat some flavor and will bind everything together. Don't forget to season with salt and pepper. Add frozen peas on top. There is need to thaw them. The residual heat from the meat will thaw them.
2. Add mashed potatoes. You can make it from scratch if you have the time but I use instant mashed potatoes. Spread the mashed potatoes evenly with a spatula or the back of wooden spoon on top of the meat and green peas.

3. Add your favorite cheese. This is not a traditional ingredient by any means but makes this dish richer. Most anything is better with cheese, right? When I make casseroles that require cheese, I add a great Mexican cheese blend from COSTCO.
4. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for approximately 30-40 minutes. The top will turn golden brown. Wait for 10 minutes before serving because it's steaming hot after it comes out of that oven. Serve with your favorite salad. Enjoy!

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