Quick n’ dirty Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is one of my all time FAVORITE comfort foods.  I love being able to spend the time making it from scratch, but life is often too busy for all that.  One of the great things about shepherd’s pie is you can just as easily take a few shortcuts and whip one up super quick and easy.

  • 1lb Ground beef – I prefer 90/10 or 93/7 beef so you lose the least amount of mass while cooking
  • 4 carrots – peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms – chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion – Or 1 small onion, or a whole onion, really it’s your preference
  • 6-6000 cloves garlic – There’s never too much garlic
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Pinch salt, pinch pepper, 1 tbsp parsley to taste
  • 1 cup or tsp of beef bouillon
  • 1 cup broth (chicken, beef, it doesn’t matter)
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp anchovy paste (trust me on this)
  • About 2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 24oz package of Bob Evan’s mashed potatoes – You can realistically use whatever mashed potatoes you like by Bob Evan’s are the BEST premade mashers IMHO

Equipment: Large, deep saute pan.  1.5-2 qt baking dish

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Cook that beef! Add the salt and pepper to taste and cook the beef about 75% of the way through.  Drain off the excess fat.
  3. Add the onions, garlic, mushrooms, and carrots. Let these cook for a few minutes while you work on the next step
  4. Mix the 1 cup of broth with the bouillon and flour to make a loose slurry, pour into the pan of the meat and veggies.  Add in the parsley, Worcestershire, and anchovy paste.
  5. Simmer this mixture for about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Add peas and corn to the pan.
  7. Transfer mixture to the baking dish.  Ideally, you want to make sure you’ve got at least a half inch of clearance in the pan to prevent spillage.  If your pan is too small, throw a baking sheet under it to avoid total oven annihilation.
  8. Spread the mashed potatoes on top and put that shit in the oven.
  9. Let this cook in the over for about 30 to 40 minutes or until you notice the peaks of the mashed potatoes starting to brown.
  10. Eat up.

 

 

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