I was on the search for a new meal to cook for us at home and figured, why not try a shepherd's pie recipe?! I looked a few up and I first tried one made by Alton Brown. It turned out good, but the herbs in it was too much flavor inside it for us. I came across this one from The Hungry Housewife blog via Foodgawker website.
Sure, there are more steps to making it, but OMG it is delicious! Aaron and I love it and so does little miss Emma! Anything she loves is definitely a thumbs up!
This recipe has become part of my regular meal plan. I make it about once a month, I think. I'm sure I will make it even more so when the weather cools down.
Here is the recipe! (copied from site)
Tonight, I actually made a smaller batch of it since there is just the three of us. Again, it came out amazing.
- 1 ½ pounds Organic ground beef 80/20
- 1 (1lb) bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
- 2 packets of dry Brown Gravy Mix
- 1 medium onion
- Olive Oil
- 2 bottles Guinness Beer
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste ( I actually have forgotten this a couple of times and it came out fine)
- 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese (I don't add this)
- 3 pounds baking potatoes
- ¼- ½ cup milk
- 1 stick butter
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375
- Boil the potatoes in slated water until fork tender.
- Drain completely and place back in pot so all of the water evaporates.
- In a medium mixing bowl add butter and potatoes.
- Mash until smooth, while adding the milk for a medium consistency.
- Add salt and pepper.
- Cook and drain ground beef.
- Place drained beef back in skillet and add 1 bottle of Guinness.
- Cook until beer has almost cooked out.
- Add tomato paste to meat
- In a medium sauce pan, prepare the brown gravy according to package directions,
- however, use beer for half the liquid called for( 1 cup water, 1 cup beer)
- Pour gravy into meat mixture.
- And cook all together until you get a nice thick gravy.
- In medium skillet with olive oil sauté onions until soft and translucent.
- Add mixed vegetables to the onions and cook until warm throughout.
- In a 2 quart baking dish, add meat as bottom layer, the add vegetables, and then add the mashed potatoes. Top with Shredded cheese.Cook at 375 for about 20 minutes or until cheese in nice and bubbly