Though my other half is a wonder in the kitchen, I can hold my own where making yummy dishes are concerned. On my down time, I like to try new recipes or make tweaks to dishes that I love. For this post, I tweaked one of my favourite dishes: Shepherd’s Pie. I had to share this dish because it is one of my favourites to make for my family, friends, or just me when I was single!
I originally got this recipe from Simply Recipes, and then put my touches on it. This is how I have tweaked this recipe for Shepherd’s Pie:
- 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1-2 cups corn in this recipe
- 4 large potatoes
- 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
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 and chop onions.
3. Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 minutes). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Add corn at the end of the cooking of the onions.
4. Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. 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. Use a fork to make the surface of the potatoes look a bit rough to give a nice browning effect or make designs on the top if you wish.
7. Cook at 400ºF until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.
Yield: Serves four.
NOTE: If you are using ramekins, leave them under the broiler for about 10 minutes instead of 30 (thanks, Smoogie!)
Though we can eat this dish all year-round, our favourite time of year to tuck in and enjoy our Shepherd’s Pie High is during the winter. It gets us warmed up after a chilly day. I especially love making smaller portions in ramekins so I have my own individual portion straight out of the oven.
I hope you try out this dish and find your own Shepherd’s Pie High!
Until my next post, Readers!