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30-Minute Shepherd's Pie

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Shepherd’s pie, a British invention, was originally created as a way to use up leftovers from Sunday dinners of lamb and potatoes. Sunday's roast was baked into a potato-crusted casserole and called cottage pie.

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds potatoes, such as russet, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or softened cream cheese
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 3/4 pounds ground beef
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef stock or broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Details

Servings 4
Cooking time 30mins

Preparation

Step 1

Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl. Combine sour cream, egg yolk and cream. Add the cream mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth.

While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan with beef. Season meat with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. If you are using lamb and the pan is fatty, spoon away some of the drippings. Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook veggies with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in broth, tomato paste, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Stir in peas and corn.

Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. Top casserole dish with chopped parsley and serve.

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