Yum Peaceful Cooking: The Extreme Comfort of Shepherds Pie

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Extreme Comfort of Shepherds Pie


You know...it's unfortunate that I didn't grow up on this incredibly tasty dish. I had heard "of" it but had no idea what it was really all about. I'm not even sure exactly what caused me to look into it, but I did.

And I'm glad!

It must've been about 5 years ago or more. I searched the web and found several recipes. I did print one recipe out and made so many changes and side notes that I re-wrote the whole recipe on the bottom half of the paper.

It's been a huge hit and a family favorite ever since. You should hear the phones ringing when word gets out that Shepherds Pie is on the menu! It's amazing how many teens I adopt on those nights. LOL

It can be a bit of a long process but it's very easy....and sooooo worth it!

Start off by making a big batch of mashed potatoes....any way you like them. Use about 8 decent sized potatoes.


If you look reeeeeal close, you'll notice that I tossed in a few cloves of garlic in there.

Add your favorite stuff....milk and / or cream, butter, salt and pepper etc., mash 'em up, set them aside and keep 'em warm.


For the rest...you'll need....


3 cloves of garlic, minced or chopped
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 tablspoons butter
2 celery sticks, sliced
1 large onion diced (about a cup or to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
a few dashes of Maggi Seasoning or Bouquet Sauce
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
3 cups mixed veggies, cooked
4 oz shredded cheddar cheese (or to taste)

Saute the onions, celery and garlic until tender


Meanwhile, get your veggies cooking


Add the ground beef to the onion mixture and cook until brown


Theeeeeeen.....add your tomato paste, sugar, worcestershire sauce, beef broth, salt and pepper, and the rest of the seasonings....


Mix all that together real good and then toss in your veggies...


Ok...we're almost done....:)

Mix everything really well, then cover and cook for about 15 - 20 minutes over low heat. Remove the lid and continue cooking until liquid reduces. You don't want it to be soupy at all.

You'll probably want to preheat your oven to 350' F while this is going on.

Put the meat mixture into a 13 x 9 casserole dish. Now it's time to get out those mashed potatoes you mixed up earlier. Top the meat mixture with the potatoes. Just blob it on with a spoon in various parts and gently distribute.


You can't really "spread" the potatoes around cuz the meat mixture will start pulling around with the potatoes and get....I dunno....ugly?

Now take all that cheese you shredded and sprinkle that, liberally, over the potatoes.


Cook for 25 - 30 minutes. You might want to put a cookie sheet under it in case some grease over flows....depending on the fat content of your beef and also from the cheese.


When you take it out of the oven, if there is fat floating around the edges a little, you can absorb it carefully with some paper towel (careful not to let the melted cheese attach itself to the paper towels LOL...been there, done that). Or you can gently tilt the dish and let it drain off.

Let it cool for about 10 minutes and then serve!!


Don't you just love the Scottish?


  1. Adopt me on those nights too, okay? YUM!!! I've never had it with veggies mixed into the meat...it looks soooo amazing and comforting :D

  2. Ok, it looks good, but I must confess, I'm one of those weird ppl that doesn't like anything mixed in with my mashed pots. So I dunno, Jim would love it tho ;)

  3. I just made a shepherds pie last week. Yours looks fabulous. I havent added cheese on top, Ill try that next time. It truly looks delicious!

  4. I love Shepherd's Pie.... And this looks better than mine

  5. We have a similar dish in Colombia, we called it "pastel de carne" (meat pie). Your recipe sounds fantastic.

  6. Great comfort food. I could use a little right now.

  7. I make this too but yours looks sooo much better! What I would do is brown the meat first and drain the fat, then cook the veggies. That's pretty much how I make anything like that so it doesn't get greasy. Try that next time if you want. So do you have any leftovers????

  8. Shepherds pie rules but I almost never get to have it. My girlfriend doesn't want anything to do with it. Sigh. That looks awesome though, can you adopt me for one of the nights? :D

  9. i lovee shepherds pie but you need to do a bottom layer of biscuits you will not regret it you can use the can ones they are easier you'll never go back it makes it even more fantastic!

  10. Heather...you have an open invitation LOL...just bring wine!

    DD - oh man...sucks to be you! LMAO!!! I love you man!!

    Donna - I think the cheese is the best part haha

    Grill - why thank you :)

    Erica - Do you have your version posted? I'd love to check it out.

    Linda - Come on over, I think I have maybe 2 servings left

    Michele - I'm so lazy sometimes, but you have a good point. I think most of the grease on top around the edges is from the cheese?

    Bob - consider yourself adopted haha

    Fancy Lady - what a great idea!!! I'll have to try that next time. Thanks

  11. My grown kids love Shepherds Pie, I haven't made this in a while. Thanks for the reminder. Your pictures about made me drool!

  12. Love Shepherd's Pie and this one looks amazing!

  13. An insightfull post. Will definitely help.

    Karim - Positive thinking

  14. Patti - if you're drooling than I have accomplished my goal! so hurry up and make some for your grown kids already...lol

    Deb - thanks :) it was even better in real life haha

    karim - Thanks for stopping by. It's always nice to see a new face. I'm glad you found my post helpful

  15. That looks so good! I never made shepards pie. I did a breakfast version using grits instead of mashed potatoes (thick stone ground for nice consistency) and sausage, onions, peppers, etc instead of ground beef.

  16. Chris - well why not? you're really missing out on some awesome comfort food! :)

  17. I LOVE shepherds pie.... but I hardly ever make it! I'll be craving it now!


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