Sunday, March 28, 2010

Shepherd's Pie

Here is a basic recipe for a simple Shepherd's Pie. It could definitely be made ahead of time and then heated when you are ready to eat. And you can substitute the vegetables for whatever you have on hand.

1 1lb ground beef
1 small onion, diced
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 cup peas, frozen
1 tbsp olive oil
2 large potatoes
1 packet of George Washington seasoning mixed with 6 oz of boiling water or 1/2 cup beef broth
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup milk

Peel and quarter the potatoes and boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes). While the potatoes are cooking, heat olive oil in large saute pan. Saute onions, carrots and celery over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add the ground beef and saute until no longer pink. Add the peas. Add worcestershire sauce, pepper, and 1/2 cup of the seasoning mix or beef broth. Cook, uncovered, for another 10 minutes over low heat.
Drain potatoes when they are tender and put back in pan. Add butter, milk, salt and pepper then mash potatoes.
Place beef mixture in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and lightly browned, about 30 minutes.