Traditional Shepherd’s Pie is typically quite bland (in my humble opinion). However, I have done a lot of tweaking to my recipe. Now my family and I consider Shepherd’s Pie incredibly delicious! Do these ‘5 Steps to Incredibly Delicious Shepherd’s Pie’ and as the German’s say, ‘guten appetit’.
Shepherd’s pie originated from the United Kingdom and is a classic dish that contains mashed potatoes, ground meat, and veg. Here are some tips to make it taste a little more, “gourmet”.
5 Steps to Incredibly Delicious Shepherd’s Pie
1- Add Garlic & Fine Herbs Boursin to the mashed potatoes (melt it in).
This makes an incredibly tasting mash potato! I really can’t tell you how much better this makes the Shepherd’s pie. I find Boursin for the best deal at Costco or Sam’s club in the soft cheese section.
2- Use a food processor to mince the fresh onion and sautè the onion in butter.
Add veggies (carrots go in with the onion) corn and peas come after the onion has sweat. I just use corn in our family’s pie as my family prefers it.
3- Add Worcestershire sauce with the beef.
While its only 1 1/2 teaspoons worth, boy does it make a difference!
4- Add Beef stock using Better than Beef Bouillon to beef.
This type of bouillon is found on Amazon or in most grocery stores, Costco and Sam’s Club.
5- Top mash potatoes with shredded cheese (any cheddar or jack or mix) before baking.
This will give it a nice golden brown delicious flavor.
Full Recipe to this delicious Shepherd’s Pie:
- 1 Pound Beef (organic makes for the best flavor)
- 1 5.2 oz Garlic and Herb Boursin cheese
- 8 Cups of Mashed Potatoes (homemade 4 large russet or 8 red peeled, boiled and mashed or 2 dry packets of mashed potatoes prepared)
- 6 Tablespoons butter (4 for the sauté and 2 for mashed potatoes)
- 1/4 C cheddar cheese, jack cheese or mixed, shredded or grated
- 1 Medium onion, minced (using food processor) or diced if you don't have a processor
- 1-2 Cups veggies (diced carrots, corn, peas)
- 1/2 C Beef broth using Better than Bouillon roasted beef flavor
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 clove garlic or 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper (or pepper to taste)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt (or salt to taste)
- Boil the peeled and quartered potatoes in a medium sized pot covered by an inch of water. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender (20 minutes). Or prepare packets of dry mashed potatoes.
- Mash in 2 Tablespoons butter and Boursin cheese into mashed potatoes.
- Sauté vegetables while potatoes are cooking. Sauté minced onions in 4 Tablespoons of butter and add in carrots with the onion. After onions and carrots have softened add carrots and peas. I typically only add one veggie.
- Add ground beef into veggie mixture cook until browned.
- Add garlic, salt, pepper, broth/bouillon, and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes until it begins to look dry.
- In a 9x13 glass/pyrex pan spread the meat mixture on the bottom. Spread the next layer of mashed potatoes on top of the meat. Top the mashed potatoes with 1/4 C shredded cheese.
- Bake on 400 F for 30 on the middle to bottom rack.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 814mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g
I hope these ‘5 Steps to Incredibly Delicious Shepherd’s Pie’, makes your family as happy about this meal as mine!