Shepherd’s Pie and more talking (as per usual)

ok so unlike ALL my previous recipes I am actually going to try and make this one easy for you to follow :) no blah, blah, blah about me and how I ran 2.75 miles last night in 25 mins …..no blah blah blah, about my new running shoes and how I loved my run in them last night but still wish I had compared them to other Brooks shoes….. and for sure no illustrating using photos how excited Logan and I were when Colin came home /w a MONSTER sized jar of peanut butter b/c we were out…

Logan just jumped in during the shot so hence the glare over…stealing my pb!
…..damn. I am so sorry! I just can’t help myself. 

Anyway let’s get on /w the recipe!!!

Shepherds Pie 
(this is a recipe I got from somewhere else but we’ve been making it so long we have NO idea where we found it)

ingredients:

filling – 
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn or mixed veg 
  • 2 Tbsps butter 
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1-2 stalk(s) celery 
  • 1 lb ground beef (or protein of choice)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup beef broth (or sub veg broth)
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary 
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • S&P – to taste 
mashed topping –
  • 6 cups potatoes (peeled & chopped)
  • 2 tsp salt [omit if you desire – I don’t usually add it]
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 -1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese (or another cheese or OMIT)
Ok now that you’ve gone and gathered up all your ingredients PRE-HEAT your ovens to 400F and start peeling and chopping those potatoes. Get a HUGE pot and fill /w water and boil on med-high and throw potatoes in – cook until you can easily put a folk through (but that will take over 15mins so let’s leave the taters and move on to other things….)

Colin starting the potatoes. if you notice there are WAY too many photos on this recipe – blame him. I do.
Ok /w your potatoes cooking somewhere in the background you can chop your onion & celery! 
then you can throw the butter in your frying pan or skillet or wok and sauté the onions and celery on
med-low for about 5 minutes (or until celery looks cooked through) – WATCH your eyes [Sorry, Mindy
I completely forgot about your candle trick] 
this is a real-time shot…gotta love those onions! remember the last time this happened?!
You can also go grab your frozen veg/corn and cook in the microwave according to package directions.
I usually just throw it in there in the measuring cup and then set it aside. (this is one of those pics where I
asked Colin, do we really need to show this?!? I think people can nuke veggies.)
 
If you are cooking /w a toddler I find it best to ask them questions about their stuffed animals and see
what they say. This really isn’t a wee-tot participation recipe. Logan was quite satisfied to relay what was
happening /w “snuggle puppy” and “brown dog” he hardly noticed he wasn’t involved in the making of
this dish…
Next, we can add the THAWED ground beef to the skillet and brown it!
I know normally you cook the meat first but for whatever reason we do it this way for this recipe :)
I promise I’ll start wearing more makeup in name of the blog.  
Once the meat is cooked and nicely browned DRAIN and then you can add the garlic [yes that IS this
assassin knife] & the herbs to the mixture (keep an eye on your potatoes)
Colin made these taped on name tags for our spice rack :)
Then go ahead and add the 2 tbsps of flour to the mixture…YES put the flour in first I have no idea why
we do this, but it works…mix it right into everything
Then grab your cup of beef broth and add to the mixture and stir, then add the Worcestershire sauce…. 
If you want a tip: I find that broths go bad before I can use them up in the fridge so we pour ours into ice
cube trays and then use them whenever we need to :) 4 cubes =1/2 cup 😀
 
finally pour the previously nuked veggies into the pan…..
more pics we didn’t need :) 
….and stir everything together and simmer uncovered until mixture thickens. 
once the meat, veg and goodies are all one you can transfer over to a greased casserole dish and make
sure everything is even. 
 
Hopefully you haven’t forgotten about your potatoes…I know I didn’t!!!
I wasn’t going to include this pic but I think it’s better if you guys see how ugly I can really look so you don’t get a mis-representation of me 😉 – your welcome. 
So drain your potatoes, then mash them….then add butter, milk and sour cream and mash, mash, mash
and stir….
Then add your potato topping …to the top – makes sense :) 
sprinkle /w the paprika (or you can mix it into the potatoes… I just forgot *blush*
Add grated cheese and throw it in the oven. Colin went a little crazy /w the grating – you definitely don’t
need this much, but by all means add as much or as little as you’d like :)
Bake uncovered for 20 minutes! and during your wait you can be like colin and have secret “pow
wows” /w your child, pet or loved one….or even yourself 
Logan actually hurt himself and of course wanted his DAD!
 Classic nose wipe right at the same time 😛 I just had to include this pic b/c I thought it was awesome! 
YAY 20 minutes is up and now you have a cheesy melted Shepherd’s Pie that will provide yummy
meals for you and your family for days and days :)
Shepherd’s pie is one of those meals that tastes better than it looks so please don’t judge this dish based
on the photo below….it IS yummy I assure you 😀
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Questions:

1. was this the longest recipe in the history of RwS?!?! I think so!

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5 thoughts on “Shepherd’s Pie and more talking (as per usual)

  1. Tastes better than it looks?! It looks AWESOME! I want it now, all that melty cheese on mashed potatoes. Yum yum yum. Thanks for sharing! Two other thoughts: I love the double nose wipe, and Logan is so freakin' cute! His little stuffed animals, sheesh, adorable.

  2. Freezing your broth in ice trays is seriously the most brilliant thing I've ever heard!! I never in a thousand years would have thought of that… but I have never opened a can and only used part of it and not had the rest of the junk go bad on me… so I am definitely doing this.
    You are so smart. And pretty. (Seriously, you don't even need makeup!)
    Also, I love, but have never made, shepard's pie! It's such a good fall/winter dish, so this is perfect for the upcoming season and you know I'll be back here to steal this recipe and act like I'm all cool and know how to cook so I can impress my friends and family. :)
    Lo + Colin + nose wiping in unison=adorable!

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