Sunday, March 21, 2010

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie - I know it is different but it is kind of like Shepherd's Pie

Sorry I did not get a picture of the ingredients before I started. Here is what I used:

  • 3 large Idaho potatoes (I think I used 5 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 smoky bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/3 lean ground beef (or ground turkey - my hubby eats beef)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (I used a sweet one)
  • 3/4 cup chopped baby carrots
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups of chicken broth (same as 1 can)
  • 1 cup light sour cream (divided)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 10 to 12 blades fresh chives, chopped

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Cook the potatoes until tender, 12 to 15 minutes

Heat a deep, large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to skillet. Add bacon and brown it up, then add beef to pan and break it up. Season the meat however you like. Once the meat browns up add onions and carrots. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes. Add bell peppers and peas and cook another 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and combine. Add 1/2 cup light sour cream and combine. Simmer over low heat.

Preheat broiler to high.

When potatoes are tender, add a ladle of cooking water to the egg. Drain potatoes and return to the warm pot to dry them out a little. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of light sour cream, 1/2 the chives and salt and pepper. Mash the potatoes adding in the beaten, tempered egg. If the potatoes are too thick, add a splash of milk.
Pour beef mixture into a casserole dish. Top with an even layer of potatoes. Place casserole 5 inches from hot broiler. Broil until the potatoes are golden at the edges (does not take too long 5-10 minutes). Garnish with the remaining chives.

This makes a lot of food. I did not do portions or calories (shame on me). It is pretty healthy and it fed us quite a few times. I am not one who worries about pretty plate presentations, that is why there isn't one. I kind of slop it on the plate and my hubby gobbles it up.

Verdicts: SUPER AWESOME!! We both wonder why we do not make it more often. It also reheats well.


FollowMeDown30 said...

I make a version of this and use light cream cheese in the potatoes & organic peas/carrots for the veggies. (Boring I know) I always make two & freeze one. It's a great pot luck meal! said...

That looks really tasty and I love comfort food, I might have to pop out a version soon.

Lisa said...

That looks delicious!!

Sean (Learn Fitness) said...

That looks great, adding it to my list to cook. Can't wait to try it, I know the wife will love it! Thanks for sharing it.

cmoursler said...

Nice recipe.
Hope you and the baby are doing well..

Fat Lazy Guy said...

Sorry to be a stickler, but this is Cottage Pie :) Shepherd's Pie uses lamb. I only just found this out recently myself :D

But that looks and sounds delicious!!! I haven't had Shepherd's Pie (or Cottage Pie, hehe) in AGES. My nan used to make it all the time.

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Pam (the loooz-ahhhh) said...

We always liked Sheppard's Pie, but have really loved it once we started adding more veggies - yours looks great!

Corletta said...

This looks so good! I don't think that I would be able to eat this with self control :)

wildfluffysheep said...

yum yum. looks delicious.

me and my flatmate just decided to make shepherds pie :P let you know how it goes.

wildfluffysheep said...

yum yum. looks delicious.

me and my flatmate just decided to make shepherds pie :P let you know how it goes.

BryGuy said...

Looks really good.... but I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of peas & usually leave them out.

Fat Lazy Guy - I never heard that said about Sheppard's Pie before (lamb, not beef). I was born in England and my mom always made it with beef. I always thought that Sheppard's Pie originated from England (and that my moms was the best), but my belief wasn't based on any other fact than I was British and Brits eat lots of Sheppard's Pie.

BryGuy said...

Okay....I'm a curious person by nature so I looked it up.

Not that I doubted him.... but Fat Lazy Guy is correct. Here's what I dug up on Wikipedia (Directly Quoted):

Cottage pie refers to an English meat pie made with beef mince and with a crust made from mashed potato. A variation on this dish using lamb mince is known as Shepherd's pie.

The term cottage pie is known to have been in use in 1791,[1][2] when potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor (cf. "cottage" meaning a modest dwelling for rural workers).

In early cookery books, the dish was a means of using leftover roasted meat of any kind, and the pie dish was lined with mashed potato as well as having a mashed potato crust on top.

The term "shepherd's pie" did not appear until the 1870s,and since then it has been used synonymously with "cottage pie", regardless of whether the principal ingredient was beef or mutton.


I found it interesting. Sorry for the long comment ;)

BB said...

That looks delicious!
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