Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

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Shepherd’s Pie is a dish I often make when I want something quick and easy for supper.

When it gets to be spring or summer, I never know for sure what time my husband will come in for supper, as he will often work until dark. This is a perfect dish that will hold on the stove for an unknown time. And perfect for my Meat-and-Potatoes guy.

It cooks in under 30 minutes and prep time is next to nothing. Especially when I have leftover mashed potatoes sitting in the fridge! Which is really the only time I make this dish.

 

Ingredients Needed to Make Shepherd’s Pie

  • ground beef (80/20)
  • yellow onion, diced
  • mushroom cream soup
  • water
  • frozen mixed vegetables
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Leftover Mashed Potatoes
  • Cheddar Cheese, shredded

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Prepare your ingredients. Using a Chef’s knife and cutting board, dice yellow onion. With a box grater, coarsely shred the cheddar cheese.

I always recommend buying chunk cheese rather than the pre-shredded type that is available in the stores. Yes, it takes a bit more time to shred, but it tastes and melts so much better.

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. I like to use lean ground beef, at least 80/20.

Add in the diced onion and cook until tender.

Stir in creamed soup, water, and frozen mixed vegetables.

For this recipe, I’ve used whatever creamed soup I happen to have in the cupboard. Cream of mushroom is my preferred choice, but I’ve also used cream of chicken or cream of celery. 

Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 6-8 minutes. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to your taste.

While the hamburger mixture cooks, warm the leftover mashed potatoes in the microwave.

I always warm the mashed potatoes in the microwave so they are nice and soft before spooning them onto the meat. 

Cover mixture with warm mashed potatoes. Sprinkle top with shredded cheddar cheese. Allow to cook another 10 minutes. May place a lid over the pan while this cooks to help melt the cheese.

Let all of these ingredients cook in your skillet until they are bubbly and well seasoned. Allow to cool a bit before serving or you’ll end up burning your tongue!

Serve with a slice of bread and butter. This recipe will serve 4-6 people.

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Recipe for Shepherds Pie

Shepherd's Pie

Here's a recipe I often make when I want something quick and easy.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Beef, Cast Iron Cooking, Mashed Potatoes, One Pot Meals, Quick and Easy Meals
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

Box Grater
Knife Set
Cutting Board
Cast Iron Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground hamburger
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion diced
  • 10.5 oz creamed soup may use mushroom, chicken, or celery
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Gather all your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table. Prepare your ingredients. Using a Chef's knife and cutting board, dice yellow onion. With a box grater, coarsely shred the cheddar cheese.
  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. I like to use lean ground beef, at least 80/20.
  • Add in the diced onion and cook until tender. Stir in creamed soup, water, and frozen mixed vegetables.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 6-8 minutes. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to your taste.
  • While the hamburger mixture cooks, warm the leftover mashed potatoes in the microwave. 
    Cover mixture with warm mashed potatoes. Sprinkle top with shredded cheddar cheese. Allow to cook another 10 minutes. May place a lid over the pan while this cooks to help melt the cheese.
  • Allow the dish to set for 7-10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with a slice of bread and butter. Serves 4-6. 
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