Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie is an English dish, traditionally made with lamb or mutton.
I used beef........ Shepherd's Pie is essentially a casserole, lined with cooked meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked.

To be honest i was a little tried last night and entered the kitchen late to start cooking so it was a little rushed and of couse even though i tried to cook for two ended up with too much.

1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
1 onion chopped
1-2 cups vegetables - chopped carrots, corn, peas
1 1/2 - 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones)
8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice
1 Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).
2 While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan.
3 Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.
4 Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add worcesterchire sauce. Add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist.
5 Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste.
6 Place beef and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.
7 Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.
Serves four.

As i had too much i made extra in the Ramekin dishes


Barbara Bradford said...

That really looks good, I am going to have to try it. I think I will see if our local store can order in some mutton. They carry no lamb here. You have to choose between buffalo and beef. Once again thank you for sharing your recipes. You should start a book !!!

Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

This is a great English fav of mine Barbara really hearty on a cold English winters evening. I have not eaten Buffalo before i don't think , i am assuming its a tough meat similar to beef. They use Buffalo in my parents native village Punjab, India to tend to the fields. When i visited there i often saw the Buffalo tied up , i was very frightened from them with their horns (i think thats what you call them) . My uncle was killed by a buffalo inseting its horns into his chest...so i just have a fear.

I have not seen buffalo meat here in the UK but i did see buffalo tounge and i think tail so the meat must have been there too.

i wanted to write a book years ago but now the blog suffices as there are so many books out there. Again thank you for your kind comments Barbara. Do let me know how you get on with the quorn meat free dish!

sonyaslifetoday said...

I love my sheapards pie, as does hubby. Its all about algerian food during ramadan, so after ramamdan insha'allah i will cook this dish again. x

Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

Sonya insha Allah you will be reward for cooking all the Algerian food for your DH this Ramandan as its what he desires. We have 15days of Algerian food and 15 days of what me and the kids want to eat Asain , English ect so i will have had my 15days but seeing they are returning from Algeria they are ready for other aswell :) I am not in the mood much for shorba this year!

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