FoodWhip up this hearty Shepherd's Pie for a comforting meal

Whip up this hearty Shepherd's Pie for a comforting meal

Shepherd's casserole - Delicacies
Shepherd's casserole - Delicacies
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9:34 AM EDT, April 30, 2024

Casseroles are delightful quick dishes for anyone who loves tasty and hearty home cooking. At my house, though, we prefer having shepherd's pie made with potatoes and ground meat, enriched with peas and celery.

Shepherd's pie is my go-to dish when I'm short on time but still want to prepare a satisfying meal. It's a flexible recipe that allows you to experiment with different ingredients; some add sausage, others prefer mushrooms or even bacon. I stick to the classic version with ground meat and green peas.

How to make shepherd's pie

Shepherd's pie is a quintessential comfort food that brings warmth and satisfies hunger. Its origins trace back to the 18th century, emerging from the simple, rustic English kitchen as a smart way to repurpose leftovers, particularly meat and potatoes.
For those seeking a warm, aromatic, and nutritious meal, shepherd's pie is a must-try. It's a dish that has won over even my picky father-in-law, who typically steers clear of anything but traditional meals.
Shepherd's casserole - Delicacies
Shepherd's casserole - Delicacies© Canva | vladimir-mironov
  • 1.1 pounds of ground meat,
  • 1.1 pounds of potatoes,
  • 3 carrots,
  • 7 ounces of frozen peas,
  • 2 stalks of celery,
  • 1 onion,
  • 2 cloves of garlic,
  • Half a cup of tomato puree,
  • 2 tablespoons of butter,
  • 4 tablespoons of milk,
  • Approximately 1.06 cups of broth,
  • Thyme,
  • Rosemary,
  • Salt, pepper,
  • Oil for frying.
How to prepare:
  1. Sauté sliced carrots, celery, onion, and garlic in a pan.
  2. Add the ground meat and fry until browned.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, add the tomato puree and broth and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the green peas.
  5. Peel, wash and boil the potatoes in salted water.
  6. Mash the cooked potatoes with milk, butter, salt, and pepper.
  7. Spread the meat mixture into an ovenproof dish and top with the potato purée.
  8. Bake in an oven preheated to 356 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are slightly browned.
Serve the shepherd's pie warm and enjoy this comforting dish.
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