Shepherds Pie, House Work & Open Sky

by zesty on November 2, 2009 · 16 comments

Happy Monday to you!  I hope you had a great weekend.  My weekend was action packed with “the house”.  We started painting the ceilings this weekend and I had to clean the whole house  before paint starts on the walls (today).  We are still having window problems – we had some more rain along with a couple of new leaks – grrrrrrr.

We had a lot of help at the new build with sweeping, cleaning and vacuuming.  It was greatly appreciated.  A zesty in law spent the whole day on Sunday pushing the broom, scraping the seam filling mud off the floor and vacuuming.  You gotta love great help!  Needless to say I didn’t spend much in the kitchen but we did manage to eat.  I wanted to share with you a old time recipe that I am guessing everyone has tried.

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Now this is a super dish for leftovers, a great casserole in the winter and even better a pretty healthy dish over all.  I know this has ground beef on the bottom but if you are a vegetarian you could simple substitute out the beef for scrambled tofu or just use other vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini or even squash.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
  • 1-2 cups vegetables – chopped carrots, corn, peas
  • 1 1/2 – 2 lbs potatoes (3 large potatoes)
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink.
  3. Add the carrots and let them cook until warmed through.Add salt and pepper.
  4. Add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist.
  5. Add corn or peas near the end of the cooking process before adding to the casserole dish.
  6. Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, add the milk to give some extra flavor and season to taste.
  7. Place beef and vegetable mixture in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely.
  8. Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.

Zesty Tip: There are a couple of tips that I would recommend with this dish.  Utilizing a can of vegetable soup is a great idea if you don’t have beef stock on hand.  It gives a nice flavor and keeps it moist.  Another idea is to rub a little milk and butter on top of the potatoes to ensure they get nice and golden brown.

My final idea, which I have yet to try, is to attempt this recipe with a “SWEET POTATO” topping.  I can only assume this would be delicious.

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Giveaway Update

I am really impressed with the results of my latest giveaway from Friday and I am really grateful for all your nice comments.  They really are fun to read!  I was thinking of a crazy idea and I wanted to run it by you to see what you thought.  What do you think if I get 350 comments on the giveaway that I actually give TWO Design Makeovers.  Let me know your thoughts and then tell all your friends and see if we can reach that number.

Wow  – I think that was a long post.  I hope you have an awesome Monday.  If I can remember to take the camera to the house tomorrow – you will be getting a house update.

Take care

zesty

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1 Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite

Mmmm your shepherd’s pie looks good! I recently made one with sweet potato, blue potato and celeriac topping – sooo delicious! http://bit.ly/p44K6

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2 Andrea@WellnessNotes

Delicious dish! I think a sweet potato topping would be also great.

And two design makeovers would be awesome! :)

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3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is

I’ve never had shepards pie! And I think giving away 2 would be awesome!

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4 Pam

Awe…drats…I hope you get those windows fix..that is no fun! I will ask the rain deva’s to hold off for you…he he!

Great idea…350 post…I will keep posting on my blog!

Shepard’s Pie with Sweet Pots….wholly yum!

Enjoy!

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5 Lizzy

I think 2 makeovers would be awesome! :)

can’t wait for the house update!

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6 Meg

Oh wow! Shepherd’s Pie topped with sweet potatoes would be fabulous!

Sounds like you had a busy weekend! Can’t wait to see the house update :)

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7 BroccoliHut

Wow, that Shepherd’s Pie is gorgeous!
Thanks for the OpenSky link–I am having far too much browsing through all the products right now.
Have a good week!

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8 Danica

Why not try to get a CRAZY # of comments and reward your readers for it. You should totally do it.

That Shepherd’s pie look awesome – total winter comfort food. It’s still in the 80′s here but as soon as it cools off…..this would be delish!

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9 megan

We make a terrific version of this that i like better than the original. it’s not a casserole – I just make mashed potatoes and then make a “gravy” with ground meat, cream of mushroom soup, water, and corn to put on top. It’s so good! And a little easier than traditional shepherd’s pie.

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10 Light Delight with TouTou

Hi Zesty, once again the photo is fabulous!
I had once tried the Shepherds pie in a Irish restaurant and deeply addicted. I had cooked it once with the sweet potato. actually it’s pretty good !! the sweet potato is not that sweet anymore, instead it absorb the juice from that beef (not greasy neither). I personally prefer it than the potato one!.
I strongly recommend you try it!

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11 pigpigscorner

Looks raelly good! I’ve always wanted to make this.

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12 Lex

OMG after seeing this post I TOTALLY had to make it!

My version here:

http://sweettoothblog.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/confessions-of-a-sweet-tooth/

Thanks for the dinner inspriation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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13 Amanda

Love the Shepherd’s Pie :) I have a similar recipe, though there are several more ingredients, including some herbs. I recently discovered it and will never make “hamburger pie” again. You know the kind, using green beans and tomato soup? Blah

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14 Beth @ DiningAndDishing

yay! i love the idea of two makeovers – more chances to win is always a plus! :O)

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15 Jasmine

I recently made a “shepherds” pie (with ground turkey and sweet potato topping and it was fabulous — so I highly recommend the substitution.

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