Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sheppards Pie

Well I've been home for a few days now and have had two of my favorite meals growing up. My all time favorite is my Mom's Sheppard's pie. I wanted to share the recipe as she makes it. Sorry there wasn't any left so no pictures.

This is the way my Mom makes it is:

1lb of ground meat (Turkey, Beef or Lamb)
1/2 of an onion diced
3 carrots diced
1/2 bag or frozen green beans or Peas
1 can of Campbell's Tomato soup
1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce and A1 sauce to taste.
salt and pepper to taste

4 potatoes halved and cubed
3 tablespoons butter type of substance pick your favorite.
Milk as need for the Mash Potatoes
Cheddar cheese for melting on top.

Brown the meat in a skillet on med/high heat salt and pepper as you go, if using turkey or a meat with low fat you may want to add olive oil.
Once the meat is brown, add the diced carrots and onions and continue to stir occasionally. You want the onions to sweat and the carrots to soften up. Once they get to that point add the can of soup and Worcestershire sauce and A1 sauce to taste. You can also add some stout beer instead but you will only need a tablespoon, so make sure the rest doesn't go to waste :-). Allow this to simmer for about 10-15min then add the frozen veggies and continue to simmer for about 10 min.

In another pan fill with cold water and add the potatoes and then bring to a boil. The potatoes are ready when you stick them with a knife and they slide off. When they get to that point, drain and return to pan. Add the butter and milk (as needed) then start mashing use your favorite technique ( hand mixer on low works pretty well).

Once the two are complete you will need a casserole dish spread the meat mixture in first and spread out evenly. Once that is done top with the Mashed potatoes and spread out, top with your favorite cheese if you like or it can be added after baking. Then bake at 350 for 15-20 until the potato begins to brown or the cheese is melted. You could also put these in to individual casseroles .

It's really easy to make and you can play around with ingredients

Serve with your favorite beer, a nice Stout or English Ale is best.

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