Shepherd’s Pie

1 Aug

Sometimes you want to make a giant vat of something and just live off of it for a while until your give-a-damn returns. That’s a time for casseroles. Our go-tos are either a mixed up version of this Green Mac and Cheese (crossed with a similar Bon Appetit recipe) or Shepherd’s Pie.

We were going to make it with on sale lamb but they were out, so on sale veal it was! I think about half of all the culinary decisions made in this house are based on what’s on sale at the local Safeway. BTW, the ones in Seattle are having an awesome sale + coupon on like, all frozen things. So, get on that. $.99 Lucerne ice cream bars! COME ON.

Anyway:

Shepherd’s Pie:

Meat Bits

  • 1lb some sort of ground meat
  • 1 whole onion, I used walla walla
  • 2-3 giant cloves garlic
  • a bit of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/3c chicken/beef/whatever broth

Veggie bits

  • 1 package frozen peas and carrots, or some equal increment of veggie
  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter

Potato layer

  • 5 smallish potatoes
  • 1/2 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2c milk
  • salt + pepper

Crunchy Nonsense

  • 1/4c panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4c shredded cheese

OR

  • a pie crust, why not?

This makes one very full 9 inch round cake pan full of delicious.

Preheat oven to 400o

Mince onion and garlic and heat on low (don’t want to burn the garlic!) with olive oil until clear.

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While the onions and garlic are doing their thing, cut up and peels some potatoes.

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Prep frozen veggies as the package says, or do what I do and steam them with water and butter, then drain them. It avoids the butter oily ickiness but with a slight butter taste. DSC_1462

Oh and start boiling water to boil potatoes so your lovely stove will look like this:

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Dump your meat into the onions and season, I do paprika and thyme but you could throw in a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg if you wanted to make it taste more… christmasy?

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Cook meat until there’s no more pink, but before things get crispy. Add the broth and heat on high till mostly boiled off.  Drain potatoes when they’re cooked (when a knife goes through them with little to no resistance), and mash with your favorite forms of dairy and a bit of salt and pepper (until salt, this is going in with other things).

Once everything looks like this:

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Start stacking your layers.DSC_1477DSC_1478

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Sprinkle with panko and cheese and bake in a 400 o degree oven for 45 minutes, broiled the last 5-10ish or so for that perfect crispiness. DSC_1484

Nom.

Better than if it was made from actual Shepherds.

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