Shepherd’s Pie

It all began with a craving for Shepherd’s Pie. I had heard about it from my friends, but had never had a chance to make it. I was determined to give it a try.

I headed to the grocery store with a list of ingredients I needed to put it together. I picked up some ground beef, potatoes, corn, garlic, an onion and all the other necessary ingredients. I arrived home and began to turn my kitchen into a laboratory creating my own version of the classic meal.

First, I browned the ground beef and chopped the onions, garlic and corn. I sautéed those vegetables and added them to the beef. Once everything was combined, I added the seasonings and the tomatoes. Once the base was ready, I added the mashed potatoes and spread it out evenly in my dish. I topped the beef and veggie mixture with the mashed potatoes and used a fork to make sure it was level. I popped it in the oven and let it cook while I cleaned up the kitchen.

When the timer went off I could hardly contain my excitement. I took the dish out of the oven to find a bubbly and golden crusty top that formed from the mashed potatoes. I couldn’t wait to try it. As soon as I had it plated I cut into it and the layers of beef and vegetables were beautifully displayed.

As the first bite went in I knew I had succeeded. The juicy beef combined with the herbs and spices, the tender vegetables, and the melted cheese made it a mouthful of deliciousness. I was so proud of myself for trying and finally succeeding in making Shepherd’s Pie. Now, I’m sharing my recipe with you!

Shepherd’s Pie

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Recipe by Recipe Wonderland Contributors Course: Beef Recipes, Casseroles, Dinner RecipesDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes

Shepherd’s Pie is a hearty, comforting classic dish made from ground beef (or other meats), corn, onions, and peas all topped with creamy mashed potatoes on the top layer. The savory and slightly sweet aromas wafting from the oven make it an appetizing dish for even the pickiest of eaters.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb 1 ground beef

  • 1 1 onion (chopped)

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic (minced)

  • 2 2 tomatoes (diced)

  • 1 can 1 corn (drained)

  • 2 cups 2 mashed potatoes

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 shredded cheddar cheese

  • 2 tbsp 2 butter

  • 1 pinch 1 salt

  • 1 pinch 1 black pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic until the beef is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
  • Add tomatoes and corn to the ground beef mixture and simmer for 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
  • Put the ground beef mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish and spread it evenly
  • Spread the mashed potatoes over the beef mixture. Use a spoon to create texture with the mashed potatoes.
  • Top with the cheddar cheese and dots of butter.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes, then serve hot.

Notes

  • If you want to add a bit of spice, you can add a dash of cayenne pepper to the beef. You can also add carrots or any other vegetable of your choice.

Shepherd’s pie is a classic comfort food made by layering cooked lamb or beef, vegetables, and mashed potatoes over the top. Not only is it tasty and hearty, but it also packs a nutritional punch.

The primary protein source in Shepherd’s pie is either lamb or beef. These meats are incredibly nutrient-rich, providing high amounts of iron, zinc, vitamin B-12, and phosphorus. Iron is essential for healthy red blood cell production and oxygen transport, while zinc supports a strong immune system and is needed for proper healing.

The top layer of mashed potatoes adds a creamy, delicious flavor to Shepherd’s pie but it also adds carbohydrates, which gives the body a boost of energy. Potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure, and they also contain iron, magnesium, and B-vitamins.

Overall, Shepherd’s pie is an excellent source of essential nutrients that can be easily prepared and consumed. The combination of proteins, carbohydrates, and vegetables make this dish a healthy and delicious convenience food.

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