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Shepherd's Pie

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You'll like the convenience of this comforting dish. Unlike other shepherd's pie recipes, this one calls for frozen vegetables instead of fresh and can be made the day before. Shepherd's pie has never been so easy -- or so tasty!

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  • Servings: 4
shepherds pie

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Everyday Food, November 2006

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef chuck
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 box (10 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables (no need to thaw)
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat a large (5-quart) heavy pot or Dutch oven over high. Cook beef, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook until softened, about 4 minutes.

  2. Add thyme, ketchup, and flour; stir until combined. Add 1/2 cup water and vegetables. Cook until vegetables are warmed through and liquid has thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Spoon beef mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Spread potatoes evenly over beef; using a fork, decorate potatoes with lines and peaks. Place dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until potatoes are lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve.

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  • julesmorr75
    23 JUL, 2017
    Could everyone please get over what it's called and focus on the recipe? The "traditional" Shepherds Pie was made with minced lamb because that was abundantly available, England didn't have lots of cows but there were plenty of sheep. My mom was British, I was born and lived in England, but when we moved to America even my mom made it with beef and still called it Shepherds pie. Lamb was not familiar to most Americans and has only recently grown in popularity. However, lamb is far more expensive than beef which prohibits many families from using lamb. Use what you like and can afford!! Most recipes for any Shepherd's Pie say use beef or lamb. That said, I made this version because it was fast and easy and I didn't have time for a more complicated recipe. It turned out very good, but I added a little Worcestershire sauce, about a 1/2 cup of beef stock, and a can of cream of celery soup to give it a creamy sauce. It's not like my mom's more traditional recipe but both are good. Cooking is about fun, experimenting, and making something tasty. This is a good recipe for a quick meal when you don't have lots of time, and you can tweak it to your own taste.
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  • Princesstx254
    26 JUN, 2017
    This isn't shepherd's pie? This is a cottage pie hun. If it's made with beef it's cottage if it's made with lamb, it's a shepard pie. Alot of people get them confused or don't know the difference!
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  • MS212818013
    11 JAN, 2017
    This recipe was very bland. Warming the veggies through and cooking for 10 minutes in the oven really isn't enough to give them any of the flavors in the rest of the pie. I'd recommend just saving this recipe for a weekend or whenever you have extra time, and cooking fresh veggies separately and adding them to the pie. Will definitely take more time, but my husband had been begging me to make shepherd's pie, yet tried hard to hide his disappointment at this one.
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  • sblashford
    11 MAR, 2016
    I found this recipe to be really bland and tasteless. Perhaps small children would like it. I added some Worcestershire sauce and a few sprinkles from a package of dry au juice gravy mix, and more water, and it helped a lot. I will not use this recipe again.
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  • irishusgirl
    13 JAN, 2016
    When I was living with the French Nun's and they made their Shepard's pie for all the children at the orphanage. They used chopped beef and they made a white sauce for the gravy!!! I loved it this way too! I actually found I liked peas because of the white sauce and the Nuns were EXCELLENT cooks who NEVER over cooked the veggies!!!
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  • irishusgirl
    13 JAN, 2016
    Like so many casserole recipes from Ireland or the UK these dishes origins came from leftovers. My Gram made Shepard's pie from left over leg of lamb. She did not use ground lamb it was lamb that was chopped up after it was removed from the Roast leg of lamb. She also would make a casserole called Rectors hash. It wasn't a hash it was Chunks of Lamb, potatoes and carrots all mixed together with cheese and tomato sauce. Both casseroles were made of left overs normally served on Monday night!
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  • ramona_ato
    26 OCT, 2014
    I made this recipe and my family is still raving. I added a cup of grated white cheddar cheese to the mashed potatoes. Mmmm mmmm good.
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  • MS11646376
    5 MAY, 2014
    In response to Calvin Curry: Someone always has to make the lamb comment don't they. GET OVER IT! If you look in most cookbooks and from most chefs it is made with beef and still called shepheards pie, not "cottage pie". GET OVER IT!
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    • sundog44
      14 MAR, 2015
      Re : coments on Shepard's pie. I am not a stickler for the title , but since other people seem to be i am making "Cowboy's Pie" today for dinner for Pi day. Was glad to see that our friend Cowboy here also seemed to have that idea. No matter what its called, its homey and good. Shepard's/Cowboy's pie. Mmmm Mmmmm happy Pi day!
    • sundog44
      14 MAR, 2015
      Re : coments on Shepard's pie. I am not a stickler for the title , but since other people seem to be i am making "Cowboy's Pie" today for dinner for Pi day. Was glad to see that our friend Cowboy here also seemed to have that idea. No matter what its called, its homey and good. Shepard's/Cowboy's pie. Mmmm Mmmmm happy Pi day!
  • calvin curry
    4 APR, 2013
    Surely a sheperd's pie is made with lamb, the name should tell you this.
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  • daddychef
    16 OCT, 2011
    i use a can of tomato soup in this instead of ketchup...also add diced carrots and peas for color and sweetness instead of mixed veggies. and ground lamb is an excellent substitute for the beef!
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