Skillet Shepard's Pie Recipe

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Skillet Shepard's Pie

Kathy D

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@LifeIsGoodkd

This easy version of Shepard's Pie comes from Cook's Illustrated. It calls for using ground lamb, but I prefer ground round - you can make your choice. I like this version because it is all done on the stovetop. Enjoy!


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Serves:

4

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb
russet potatoes (about 3-4 medium), peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 lb
ground beef or ground lamb
1
onion, minced
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 c
unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp
tomato paste
2 c
low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp
fresh thyme, minced
2 tsp
worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp
unsalted butter
1/2 c
half and half
2 c
frozen pea-carrot mix, thawed

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Put the diced potatoes into a large pot and pour in cold water so it covers the potatoes by one inch. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
2
While the potatoes simmer, cook the beef or lamb in a large skillet over medium heat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until almost cooked through and the fat has rendered, about 3 minutes. Drain the meat through a fine mesh strainer, discarding all but 1 tablespoon of fat.
3
Add reserved tablespoon of meat fat to skillet and return to medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, until the flour is incorporated, about 1 minute.
4
Slowly whish in broth, thyme and Worcestershire, scraping up browned bits and bring to a simmer. Return the meat to skillet, cover, and cook over med-low heat until sauce is nicely thickened and flavorful, 6 to 8 minutes.
5
Drain potoates, return to the pot and mash smooth using a potato masher. Stir in butter and then half and half. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover to keep warm.
6
Stir peas and carrots into the meat mixutre and simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
7
Serve stew in individual bowls and top with mashed potatoes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Irish
Hashtags: #easy, #Shepards Pie