Nothing is more satisfying or comforting than coming in from the cold weather and sitting down to a hot meal. Casseroles are extremely popular during the fall and winter months and one of my family’s favorite is Shepherds Pie. Traditional Shepherds Pie is made with minced beef, potatoes, vegetables, and seasonings. However, you can switch out the meat to another type of meat that your family enjoys as well as the seasonings to create your take on Shepherds Pie. You can rest assured that this meal is really satisfying to even the picky eaters!
2 1/2 lbs ground beef (or ground meat of your choice)
2 medium onions, diced
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Freshly chopped Parsley
Worchestershire Sauce, generous dash
2 Beef flavored Oxo Cubes
6-8 large white potatoes
1 package frozen mixed vegetables,(corn, peas, carrots, green wax beans)
3 Tbsp. Bisto or browning
Add oil to a large skillet or saucepan.
Chop onions and garlic and add them to the pan.
Cook over low heat until transparent. Do not overcook.
Transfer the onions and garlic to a small ceramic bowl, set aside.
Add the ground beef to the fry pan.
Season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
Add in a couple of dashes of Italian Seasoning.
Sprinkle some Worchestershire Sauce over the meat.
Cook the meat until it is no longer pink.
Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat while it is cooking.
Meanwhile, place a colander into the sink.
Add the package of frozen mixed vegetables to the colander.
Run some hot water through the frozen vegetables to remove excess ice.
Add the frozen vegetables to the fry pan.
Add in enough cold water to cover the ground beef and frozen vegetables.
Continue cooking over low heat.
Break up the Beef Oxo cubes and add them to the pan. Mix well.
Add in the cooked onions and garlic.
Stir to mix.
Add some Bisto or gravy maker to a ceramic bowl.
Add in a couple of Tbsp. of cold water to make a smooth, runny paste.
Use a fork to break up any lumps.
Add the mixture to the meat and vegetable mixture in the pan.
Continue cooking until gravy thickens.
If there does not appear to have enough gravy to your liking, add some more water and repeat the process of mixing more Bisto together and add it to the pan. Gravy should be thick, yet enough to saturate the meat and vegetables.
Wash the potatoes and peel them.
Add some water to a large pot.
Once it has come to a boil, add in a little salt (if desired)
Cut the potatoes into quarters and boil until soft.
Once the potatoes are soft, drain them in a colander.
Place the potatoes in a large bowl and run some cold water over them to stop the cooking process.
Drain the water from the bowl after 10 minutes.
Add in some butter and some milk and mash the potatoes.
Once they are mashed, whip them until they are light and fluffy.
Take out a 9 x 13 glass baking dish or aluminum roasting pan.
Add in the meat mixture.
Sprinkle with more Italian Seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder.
Use a pot spoon to scoop mashed potatoes on top of the meat.
Use a wooden spoon to spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the top of the meat.
Cover with aluminum foil.
Place in a preheated 400 degree oven.
Bake for 1 hour.
Remove from oven.
Remove aluminum foil.
Melt some butter in the microwave and spread it over the top of the mashed potatoes.
The butter will help the potato topping to brown up nicely.
Sprinkle the top with a little Hungarian Paprika, Italian Seasoning, freshly chopped parsley, salt and pepper.
Return to the oven and continue baking for 30 minutes or until topping is nicely browned.
Remove from oven and serve with a green salad.
What is your favorite comfort food?