Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Shepherd's Pie

For the middle of the week I thought I'd do a post that my hubby loves. Seriously, he requests this meal fairly often. I don't mind because it's easy to make and we have leftovers for days. :) A happy wife = a happy life!

The best time to make this recipe is the night after you have a meal with mashed potatoes in it. The night you are making the mashed potatoes, make an extra large batch and save the leftovers for your shepherd's pie. if you already have the mashed potatoes made, this recipe takes no time to put together.

-Mashed Potatoes (For a even healthier dish, you could use Cauliflower instead of potatoes, I haven't tried this personally though)
-1 lb. Ground turkey breast (or ground beef)
-1 small package Frozen vegetables (I usually get vegetable medley: corn, peas, carrots, & green beans)
-1 small Onion, diced
-1/2-1 cup Beef broth
-1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
-4 Tbsp. Butter

To start off, preheat your oven to 400. Brown your turkey meat and set aside. In a large sauce pan, melt your butter over medium heat. Add in your onions and saute them until almost tender (about 5 minutes). Next, add in your frozen veggies and saute for about 3 more minutes. Then add in your turkey, 1/2 cup beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce and mix everything together. Your mixture should look something like this:

Turn the heat down on your stove to low and let simmer for 10 minutes. You need to keep your mixture moist, so add in more beef broth if necessary. I usually end up using about 3/4 cup total.
Spray a 13x9 pan with non-stick cooking spray and then add in your vegetable mixture.

Next, top your vegetable mixture with your mashed potatoes. I usually do this by dropping dollops of mashed potatoes all over the top and then smoothing it out. Once your mashed potatoes cover the top, take a fork and create some peaks all over (see picture). This will help some of the top parts of your dish get a little brown & crispy in the oven.

Cook your shepherd's pie for 30 minutes or until brown and is bubbling around the edges. If your pie is bubbling at the end of the 30 minutes but isn't brown, turn your broiler on and let the shepherd's pie sit under the broiler for about a minute. Be careful here though, the broiler will work fast! Here is a picture of your finished product:

The official taste tester always adds a little crushed red pepper to his bowl to make his spicy. I usually add a little cheese to mine because I LOVE cheese so much, but it's good by itself. It's also even better the next day reheated!
Happy Cooking
& Enjoy!!!



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