Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shepards Pie Made Easy

Shepard's Pie is a classic Irish dish usually made with ground lamb. Around St. Patricks Day, we serve alot of our "beef version" to our corporate and social clients. It is an absolute treat . It is a meal that is usually eaten only once a year. Although Corned Beef and Cabbage is the tradition this time of year, mix it up a little and try making this simple yet delicious recipe for your friends and family. Let me inspire you!!!!!


Mashed Potato Topping

2 pounds potatoes
2 tablespoons of cream cheese

1/2 cup heavy cream

Salt and pepper to taste

Meat Mixture

1-2 tablespoon olive oil
1 3/4 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup fresh carrots

1/2 cup frozen peas

1/2 cup frozen corn
1 onion, chopped

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour
1 cup beef stock
2 teaspoons Worcestershire
2 teaspoons Tomato Paste
2 teaspoons dry thyme

1 teaspoon dry rosemary


Boil potatoes set aside. Combine cream cheese, egg yolk and cream. Add the cream mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth. Add olive oil to hot pan then add meat with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. Add chopped carrot and onion, rosemary and thyme to the meat. Cook carrots and onion with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in stock,Worcestershire and Tomato Paste . Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Stir in peas and corn.
Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned.

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