JJ’s Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe comes to us via a family friend, J.J. On chilly evenings, he makes his way to the kitchen, turns his back, moves around for a half hour or so and voilà: one of the most delicious and comforting meals I know. I like those “all in one” meals—meat, starch, and vegetable all together so you don’t have to feel guilty for not making a salad. I called him and pinned him down to the following recipe, which I made that very night. The beef can be replaced with ground lamb or ground turkey; the type of cheese can also change according to taste.

INGREDIENTS:

4 small potatoes

6 tablespoons butter, divided

1/2 cup half-and-half

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrots

2 cloves of chopped garlic

1 pound ground beef

1 cup frozen peas

1 1/2 cups grated mild cheddar cheese

STEP BY STEP:

  1. Make mashed potatoes. Peel the potatoes and chop them in fourths. Boil until soft. Drain the potatoes well, then move them to a mixing bowl. Add 4 tablespoons butter and let it melt. Using a mixer, beat the butter and potato mix, adding half and half gradually. Add salt and pepper to taste. Beat until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butter and sauté onion, celery and carrots until soft.
  3. Add the beef, garlic, and frozen peas. Cook until the beef is no longer red.
  4. Spread the beef mixture across the bottom of a casserole dish. Spread the mashed potatoes in a second layer over the beef mixture.
  5. Spread grated cheese over the top of the mashed potatoes.
  6. Cover with foil and cook at °350 for 45 minutes.
  7. Put under the broiler for 5 minutes if you like crispy cheese.

 

This delicious treat is great on a cold winter night.

This delicious treat is great on a cold winter night.

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