Shepherd's Pie - The Ultimate Comfort Food

One of our family's favorite comfort food. A casserole with ground beef, vegetables such as carrots, corn, and peas, topped with mashed potatoes.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, cheesy, gorund beef, pie, potatoes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 3 large potatoes
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cups vegetables (mixed diced carrots, corn, peas)
  • 700 grams ground beef
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Boil the potatoes: Place the peeled and quartered potatoes in medium sized pot. Cover with at least an inch of cold water. Add a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until tender (about 20 minutes).
  • Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). 
    Sauté vegetables: While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the chopped onions and carrots and cook until tender, about 6 to 10 minutes.
    Add peas and corn towards the end of the cooking of the onions and carrots, or after the meat starts to cook, as they take very little cooking time.
  • Add the ground beef, then Worcestershire sauce and broth: Add ground beef to the pan with the onions and vegetables. Cook until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper. Coat the ingredients in 2 tablespoons of flour. 
  • Add the Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Bring the broth to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth if necessary to keep the meat from drying out.
  • Mash the cooked potatoes: When the potatoes are done cooking (easily pierced with a fork), remove them from the pot, drain the water and place them in a bowl with the remaining 4 Tbsp of butter. Mash with a fork or potato masher, add 6 tablespoons of milk and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Layer the meat mixture and mashed potatoes in a casserole dish: Spread the beef, onions, and vegetables (if using) in an even layer in a large baking dish (22cm x 33cm casserole dish) (8" x 13" casserole dish). Bake for 30 minutes.

Notes

For extra cheesy flavor, I sprinkle 2 cups of shredded 4 cheese on top of the mashed potatoes.

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