Recipe#3: First Try Shepherd’s Pie-Smooth & Savory

Recipe#3: First Try Shepherd’s Pie-Smooth & Savory

Ok so St. Patrick’s day came a little early this year. No, I honestly did not know that Shepherds pie was an Irish dish but I am glad I decided to give it a try.

I see this beautiful mess becoming a staple in my home. The flavors just married so well together and each layer held its own that I had to share this recipe.

Ingredients:

1 lb lean ground beef or 1lb lean ground turkey OR Beyond Meat! (just tried this and it was fantastic).

Chopped onions

Bells peppers (optional)

1 small bag of frozen assorted vegetables ( I used a carrots and peas mix)

Butter (optional)

Olive oil

2 Tbsp flour/ 2 Tbsp oat flour (grind up rolled at or steel cut oats in your blender and voila)!

2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (lower in sodium than salt)!

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 cup chicken stock or 1 cup vegetable stock or bone broth.

6 Yukon potatoes or ready made (or Japanese Sweet Potatoes. Trust me on this).

2 cups of Sharp Cheddar Cheese and Gouda Cheese

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F

1a. Warm olive oil in a skillet and add chopped onions and peppers. Saute for 2 minutes.

1b. Boil 6 the potatoes and proceed with recipe. Periodically check potatoes for tenderness.

2. Add ground beef (or non meat) to the peppers and onions and cook until browned. Drain the mixture.

3. Add butter to skillet and saute frozen veggies for 2 minutes. Add the meat back to the skillet.

4. Add flour, worcestershire sauce and tomato paste and stir until the mix is thick.

5. Add chicken stock and stir until the mix is thick.

6. Remove potatoes and mash them. At this point you can add any sour cream, milk or any seasonings to taste. If you’re using Japanes Sweet potatoes, you don’t need a thing.

7. Add the meat mixture and potatoes to a casserole dish. Start with the potatoes as your first layer. Then meat (or non meat) mixture. Then the potatoes again.

8. Top off the dish with cheese.

9. Broil in the oven for a few minutes or until the cheese is brown and bubbly.

Bon Appétit!