Potato

Shepherd’s Pie

Aw, I can’t think of anything more comforting on a cold winter’s night than this wonderful dish, Shepherd’s Pie, for dinner. The flavor is robust and the meal is hot and hearty. Can’t beat that combination when its freezing outside. Add a fire in the fireplace and a few after dinner hot toddy’s and I call that evening a great success!

The recipe below was adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe. His called for lamb which you can definitely use. I prefer ground beef.

I also like the individual soufflé cups instead of one large dish but if you were serving a family, the large dish would be better. For me, the soufflé cups help a bit with portion control and Lord knows, we all could use a bit of help there! 🙂

Try making this tonight! It will satisfy your entire family and you, too!

Bon appétit!

Shepherd's Pie
 
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Recipe type: Mains
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds russet potatoes
  • ¼ cup half-and-half
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 carrots; peeled and diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic; minced
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen English peas
Instructions
  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into ½-inch dice. Place in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Set over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, uncover, decrease the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until tender and easily crushed with tongs, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Place the half-and-half and butter into a microwave-safe container and heat in the microwave until warmed through, about 35 seconds. Drain the potatoes in a colander and then return to the saucepan. Mash the potatoes and then add the half and half, butter, salt and pepper and continue to mash until smooth. Stir in the yolk until well combined.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling. Place the canola oil into a 12-inch saute pan and set over medium high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and carrots and saute just until they begin to take on color, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add the ground beef, salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, approximately 3 minutes. Sprinkle the meat with the flour and toss to coat, continuing to cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste, chicken broth, Worcestershire, rosemary, thyme, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer slowly 10 to 12 minutes or until the sauce is thickened slightly.
  4. Add the corn and peas to the meat mixture and spread evenly into 8 individual souffle cups. Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up and smooth with a rubber spatula. Place on a parchment lined half sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown. Remove to a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 760 Fat: 59g Saturated fat: 23g Unsaturated fat: 23g Trans fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 9g Sugar: 8.6g Sodium: 491mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 45g Cholesterol: 238mg

 

The Ultimate Side

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

You can’t beat these wonderful garlic and herb mashed potatoes for flavor and they are so easy to make.  They are perfect with the Sunday Meatloaf or any beef, pork or chicken dinner. You surely won’t go back to just plain mashed potatoes. Not EVER!!

And you’ll never go back to using boxed instant mashed potatoes when you can make these in less than 30 minutes!  Try them, you will see!  The Rondele makes all the difference!

Bon appétit!

Creamy Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes
 
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 2½ pounds baking potatoes, peeled and quartered (this is about 7-8 russet potatoes)
  • 1 (5.2 oz – 8 oz) container of spreadable garlic and herb cheese (like Rondele)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • whole milk
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and boil for 20 minutes or until tender.
  2. Drain potatoes and mash. Mix in the cheese, butter, and enough milk to reach desired consistency.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 342 Fat: 9g Saturated fat: 3g Unsaturated fat: 3g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 53g Sugar: 1g Sodium: 417mg Fiber: 5g Protein: 12g Cholesterol: 24mg

 

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