Monday, August 8, 2011

Shepherd's Pie

I made this dish into individual servings, but you could also make one large one.  I also used leftover mashed potatoes here, but any of your mashed potato recipes will work too.  This recipe may not be 100 % traditional, but it is delicious and very easy to make. 

Makes 4 individual pies
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 lb ground beef
2 cups mashed potatoes
1 1/2 cups white cheddar cheese
1/2 cup red wine
1 tablespoon worchestershire sauce

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 

Heat a large skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Begin to saute the onion and the carrot in the pan for about 5 minutes on medium heat.  Then add in the garlic cloves and celery.  Saute for 10-15 minutes, or until vegetables become tender and translucent. 

After the vegetables are finished cooking, remove from pan.  Toss in the ground beef and saute for 10-15 minutes or until beef is browned.  Once beef is finished cooking remove and mix together with the vegetables.  With the heat on low, add the red wine and scrape all of the bits off the bottom of the pan. Let reduce for 5 minutes. Add the beef and vegetables back into the reduced mixture and add the worchestershire sauce.  Cook together for another 5 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste.  Then separate the mixture into 4 small greased baking dishes or one large baking dish. 

Top with the mashed potatoes so that there is no more meat exposed.

Top with white cheddar cheese and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until top is golden brown.  Enjoy!

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