IMG_2750The first time I was introduced to shepherd’s pie was in Disney World at the Raglan Road Iris Pub. My husband ordered it, and when it arrived it was a HUGE portion and full of rich ground lamb. (not sure if he knew that or not, but he loved it.)  He’s amazed that I remember such details…of where we ate and what we ordered. I guess it’s something about good food, and good company that leaves a lasting impression. The true Irish  shepherd’s pie is made with lamb, whereas cottage pie, though similar, normally features beef.  Since I’m usually in a hurry, I opt for this speedy, but absolutely tasty family classic ground beef version.

 

 

30 Minute Cottage (Shepherd's) Pie
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 pounds potatoes, such as russet, peeled and cubed
  2. 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  3. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  4. 1 tablespoon butter
  5. 1/2 cup skim milk
  6. sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  7. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  8. 1 3/4 pounds extra lean ground beef, (or lamb, if desired)
  9. 1 12 oz.bag frozen peas and carrots, cooked according to package directions
  10. 1 onion, chopped
  11. 4 tablespoons butter
  12. 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  13. 2 cups chicken broth or beef broth
  14. 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
  15. 1 teaspoon paprika
  16. 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Boil potatoes in salted water until tender.
  2. Drain potatoes and pour them back into the same pot. Combine greek yogurt, chicken broth, 1 tablespoon butter and skim milk. Mash potatoes and add the cream mixture and continue mashing until almost smooth.
  3. 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 and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Stir in peas and carrots.
  4. Preheat broiler to high. Fill a rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and cheddar cheese and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned and cheese is melted.
Adapted from Rachael Ray
Adapted from Rachael Ray
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