Shepherd’s pie, the ultimate comfort food! This dish is perfect for a cozy night in, or for feeding a crowd. It’s a delicious combination of tender meat, fluffy mashed potatoes, and savory vegetables, all cooked together in one pan.
The key to making a great shepherd’s pie is to use quality ingredients and to cook everything to perfection. Here is a list of ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 lb of ground lamb or beef (because a good shepherd’s pie needs good meat)
- 1 large onion, chopped (because onions add a nice sweetness to the dish)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced (because garlic makes everything better)
- 2 cups of frozen peas and carrots (because a little bit of green never hurt anyone)
- 1 cup of beef broth (because a good shepherd’s pie needs good liquid)
- 2 tablespoons of flour (to thicken the sauce)
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme (because shepherd’s pie needs a little bit of elegance)
- Salt and pepper to taste (because every dish needs a little bit of seasoning)
- 4 cups of mashed potatoes (because a good shepherd’s pie needs good potatoes)
Alright, now that you have all the ingredients, it’s time to start cooking. In a large skillet, cook the meat over medium heat until it’s browned. Add the onions and garlic, and cook until the onions are translucent. Stir in the frozen peas and carrots, and cook for another minute or two.
Next, add the flour, thyme, salt, and pepper to the skillet and stir. Gradually add the beef broth, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for a few minutes.
Now it’s time to assemble the shepherd’s pie. Spread the meat mixture evenly into a baking dish. Spread the mashed potatoes over the meat mixture, making sure to seal the edges of the dish.
Bake the shepherd’s pie in a 350-degree oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown.
And here’s the fun part, you can get creative with your Shepherd’s pie by using different meats like pork or chicken, or different vegetables like corn or green beans. You can also top it with cheese or breadcrumbs for extra flavor and texture.
Remember, the most important part of making shepherd’s pie is to have fun with it and don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors. Serve it with a side of green salad or some crusty bread for a complete meal. Happy shepherd’s pie cooking!
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