Friday, January 29, 2016

Recipe: Shepherd's Pie

A reader asked that I share my recipe (which is actually my mother-in-law's recipe) for shepherd's pie, one of my husband's favorite meals. It's quick, easy, and oh so delicious!

Here are the steps with pictures, and I have also pasted the full recipe at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

Steam or boil two large, peeled potatoes until tender. (When I'm crunched for time, I steam them in the microwave.) Remove from pot, and mash with butter and milk.


Meanwhile, brown 1 pound ground beef (seasoned with seasoned salt, to taste) and sauté 1 small onion (chopped) in a large skillet.


Place 1-1/2 cups frozen green beans and 1 cup frozen corn in the bottom of an 8x8 pan.


Add browned beef and sautéed onions.


Add mashed potatoes, pressing firmly with spatula to ensure that ingredients don't fall off the side of the pan. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese, and bake at 400F for approximately 20 minutes.


Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients:
2 large potatoes
Butter and milk to mash potatoes
1 pound ground beef
Seasoned salt
1 small onion
1-1/2 cup frozen green beans
1 cup frozen corn
Shredded cheddar cheese. 

Directions:
  1. Steam or boil two large, peeled potatoes until tender. (When I'm crunched for time, I steam them in the microwave.) Remove from pot, and mash with butter and milk.
  2. Meanwhile, brown 1 pound ground beef (seasoned with seasoned salt, to taste) and sauté 1 small onion (chopped) in a large skillet.
  3. Place 1-1/2 cups frozen green beans and 1 cup frozen corn in the bottom of an 8x8 pan.
  4. Add browned beef and sautéed onions.
  5. Add mashed potatoes, pressing firmly with spatula to ensure that ingredients don't fall off the side of the pan. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese, and bake at 400F for approximately 20 minutes.

34 comments:

  1. Anonymous1/29/2016

    Thank-you for sharing this recipe. It would be interesting to see the cooked and plated picture.

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    1. My pleasure.

      That's one step I forgot to photograph. (I'll try to remember to do that next time I make it.) The only difference in a appearance between the finished product and the fifth picture is that the cheese is melted.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  2. Anonymous1/29/2016

    Obviously, but a plated picture would show all the neat looking layers. If you photographed all the meals you make, eventually you could compile an interesting cookbook that might appeal to young homemakers. Pictures of food are something people love to see. Also it helps people visualize their goals.

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    1. I'll be sure to take a picture of the layers next time I make it. :)

      Ellie

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  3. Anonymous1/29/2016

    http://karengraham.ca/blog/home-cooking-can-take-you-along-a-new-path/

    There is a link you might like.

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  4. Anonymous1/29/2016

    I can't wait to make your shepherd pie!
    Are you pregnant??? :)

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    1. Hope you enjoy the shepherd's pie! Nope, I'm not pregnant. :)

      Ellie

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  5. Anonymous1/29/2016

    Thanks for the recipe, Ellie!

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  6. Anonymous1/29/2016

    Thanks for sharing

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    1. No problem. Hope you enjoy it!

      Ellie

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  7. Anonymous1/29/2016

    Hi Ellie!
    I don't know why, but the pictures help a lot. I guess we are visual people. Try to do all your recipes with pictures. If you can!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. I suppose I'm not as visual of a person, so I'm glad you shared that. I will definitely post more pictures with my future recipes!

      Ellie

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  8. Anonymous1/29/2016

    You meant "ground" beef right?
    I was just going to ask you what green beef is. Then I figured it out. Lol.

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    1. Well that's an embarrassing typo! Thanks for catching that. Yep, it was supposed to say "ground" beef. Haha.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  9. Anonymous1/30/2016

    Approximately, how many servings does it make?

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    1. Hi there,

      I'd say it makes about 6 servings.

      Ellie

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  10. Hi Ellie,
    When I make it I use some timed tomatoes and tomato paste or taco spices with the meat part. I also mix the vegetables in with the meat, frozen spinach goes well with it once it's defrosted and mixed in. Makes it even more yum, at least we think so. And sometimes it's nice to do half yam half potato to make it less high GI. Or half cauliflower and half potato, it still tastes like potato!

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      Those are great ideas! I look forward to trying them next time I make it.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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  11. Anonymous1/30/2016

    Ellie, I'm a vegetarian but it sounds great! I may try it without the meat (and if I find a good substitute for the cheese I might do that too). I think you mentioned somewhere that you ate more vegetarian meals growing up. Do you have any you could share?

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    1. Hi there,

      You could totally make it without meat. Growing up, we ate very simply. My mom made a lot of rice mixed with veggies. She cooked the rice in chicken broth (or you could use chicken-flavored vegetarian broth) to make it more flavorful. Most of the veggies we ate were plain, but she did make some fancier veggie dishes. I'll have to ask her for some recipes so I can share them.

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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    2. I wanted to let the you and your reader know that Morning Star Farm makes a great vegetarian ground beef replacement called Griller Recipe Crumble. It takes to any flavoring very well and makes an amazing shepherds pie! I too make the top layer with mashed cauliflower as I am unable to eat nightshade vegetables due to my RA.
      The fake meat is also fantastic in tacos/taco salad!

      Thanks so much for all you share with us Ellie!

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    3. Thanks for sharing that tip! I'm blessed to have you as a reader!

      Ellie

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  12. Anonymous1/30/2016

    I'm trying to make the transition to coconut oil but can't get over the coconut taste in my food. I have the same one as you, from Aldi and only like it in certain meals. Do you know if there is one that doesn't have the taste or smell?

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    1. Hi there,

      Hmm, I haven't had any coconut oil that doesn't taste or smell like coconut, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't exist. Does anyone else have any ideas to share?

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous2/01/2016

      For coconut oil does not smell or taste like coconut try refined coconut oil.

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  13. Anonymous2/02/2016

    Thanks. Can't wait to make it with my family. I have been wanting to try new recipes . I feel like we eat the same thing every week.

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    1. My pleasure. I started feeling like that a few months ago, so I started a master list of all the meals we have had and enjoyed. It has helped a lot!

      Ellie

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  14. Anonymous2/04/2016

    Ellie, thanks so much for the recipe! I made it for dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious! :)

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    1. Wonderful! My pleasure!

      Ellie

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  15. We make shepherd's pie with chicken instead of ground beef. We also put French-fried onions on the top, beneath the cheese. Shepherd's pie is one of my family's favorite meals!

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    1. That sounds delicious, Maddie! Do you just use diced chicken breast?

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous6/10/2016

      I think I would use ground chicken. The texture would be better than diced chicken.

      Josée

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