Shepherds Pie Recipe
This recipe makes a casserole dish of ground beef, vegetables, and gravy. It can be assembled one day, refrigerated and reheated the next, for a quick and easy dinner recipe.
Shepherds Pie Recipe first appeared in print in 1896. It is believed that it started as a frugal way to utilize leftovers.
Nowadays, many meals and portions are preplanned, leaving few leftovers.
However, this recipe made from scratch, results in a frugal, delicious, complete meal.
4 cups (hot) thick mashed potatoes (takes about 4-5 large)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream, divided
1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef (ground chuck is best)
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon liquid Hickory Smoked flavoring
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup beef broth (homemade or canned)
2 15.5 oz. cans mixed vegetables*, drained
1 cup shredded or grated cheddar cheese
Place hot potatoes in mixing bowl. Add butter and salt. Beat on high heat until butter has melted and potatoes are light.
Beat in 1/2 cup sour cream. Set aside.
While potatoes are still cooking, place ground beef and chopped onion in cold skillet. Turn heat to low and cook until enough fat is rendered from beef to prevent it from sticking to pan.
Turn heat to medium and cook while stirring until meat in no longer pink inside. Stir in liquid smoke.
Sprinkle flour over top of meat and mix in well. Slowly add beef broth while stirring and cook until there are no lumps remaining and gravy is very thick.
Remove from heat and stir in other 1/2 cup sour cream.
In a 3 quart casserole dish or other oven pan. place drained vegetables in a layer on bottom. Smooth evenly with back of spoon.
Spoon in ground beef mixture for a second layer and smooth over.
Top beef with the seasoned mashed potatoes sealing around edges. This will help excess liquid from overflowing.
Sprinkle cheese over top.
Bake in a 400F. preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until mixture is thoroughly hot and cheese has melted.
Some folks prefer to brown cheese. However, I find when it gets browned it also gets tough. Your call.
Remove dish from oven and let cool for 20 minutes before serving because the potatoes will be extremely hot.
This Shepherds Pie Recipe is a complete meal but if you prefer a simple salad, lettuce or spinach leaves topped with tomatoes and your favorite dressing is adequate.
*Some mixed vegetables contain cubed potatoes. If you don't care for additional potatoes, choose a mixed vegetable without them. Or you can substitute one can of whole kernel corn and one can of green peas.
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