Throwback to when hubs and I went to London and had the most incredible food at a pub our last night in Europe. I had a burger, but what did hubs have? Yep, shepherd’s pie. We were not disappointed, in fact, it was probably one of the best meals we had when were abroad this past August. The butter flavor of the potatoes, atop a layer of slow-cooked ground Dorset lamb, with a medley of veggies. I’m drooling.
Shepherd’s pie, to me, is a comfort food, but can be made anytime! I love the different textures in it, especially with the potatoes on top. I made this version with Russet gold potatoes mashed with half and half, butter, and a ton of garlic powder. The innards of the pie included ground grass fed beef, carrots, celery, onion, and loads of spices and flavors, lest not forget… Worcestershire sauce (woo, spelled that in one shot.. bam!)
I can imagine that this tastes great with ground lamb (obviously because that’s what we had in London) and with sweet potato mash on top. I’ll have to give that version a whirl next time. I browned the meat, added in the veggies, the seasoning, and then a 1/4 cup of flour (GASP! I USED REAL FLOUR THIS TIME!) to thicken and absorb the liquid (beef bone broth/stock). For the finale, I ladled the mash on top and spread to a relatively thick layer. The assembled “pie” baked for 20 minutes then broiled for 10 to brown and crisp the edges of the potato on top. Damn, this came out 10/10. Give it a go, cheers mate! Xx 🙂
- 1.5 lbs Grass Fed Ground Beef
- 1 carrot peeled and diced
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 celery stalk chopped
- 1/2 c beef stock preferrably bone broth
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- paprika to taste, or for coloring
- 2-3 tbsp flour for thickening meat
- pepper flakes
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 medium Russet Potatoes peeled, chopped, then boiled
- 3 tbsp butter grass fed
- 1/3 c heavy cream
- garlic powder generous amount
- salt to taste
For the meat filling:
In a large cast iron skillet, brown the meat in some oil or spray oil.
Add in carrots, onions, celery. Cook until onions are semi translucent and the meat is browned.
Season the meat mixture with the cumin, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, and paprika. Stir to coat all the meat and mixture. Add in bone broth and flour. Stir until the meat mixture absorbs the liquid and becomes a thicker consistency. Let simmer for 15-20m.
For the potatoes
Dice potatoes and add to boiling water.
After 20 minutes, potatoes should be tender. Drain potatoes and place them into a mixing bowl.
Add in butter, garlic and heavy cream. Mash together until the potatoes are creamy and can form high peaks.
Assembly of Shepherd Pie
Preheat oven to 375* degrees
Layer mashed potatoes on top of the meat in the skillet. The layer should be on the thicker side.
Place skillet on middle rack. Let bake for 15-20. Mashed potatoes should begin to brown.
Move the skillet to the broil rack (top rack) for 5-10 minutes or until sides are bubbling and are crisp. Serve immediately!