This classic, comforting Shepherd's Pie recipe will leave everyone, big and small, wanting more. A ground beef, veggie-packed layer is covered by creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes and topped with melty cheese for good measure! This is a great weeknight dinner and also perfect party fare!
I bring you another favorite comfort food this morning, the best Shepherd’s Pie recipe you’ll find. I've been looking back over the past year to see what you guys have loved and haven't loved and guess what. COMFORT FOOD is at the top of the love list. This is why we're friends because comfort food happens to be a main squeeze. Chili and Meatloaf and Chicken Pot Pie and Goulash are clearly not enough. Your love for comfort food makes me giddy, so I shall deliver more, my friends.
Let's talk Shepherd's Pie for a minute. I did not grow up eating it and have not made it myself until recently, but have always swooned from afar. I see photos of it all over Pinterest and constantly wish it were piled high on a plate sitting in front of me. I mean, we're talking meat and veggies and dreamy mashed potatoes and cheese, people. This is like "comfort food" defined.
HOW TO MAKE SHEPHERD'S PIE
Fill a large pot half full of water. Add the potato chunks and bring to a boil. Boil over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft. Strain the potatoes and add them to a large mixing bowl. Add the butter, milk, garlic powder, 1/2 cup cheese, salt and pepper. Using a stand or hand-held mixer (or a potato masher), mix until creamy and set aside.
In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium. Add the onion, carrots, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook until tender, approximately 10 minutes. Push the veggies to the sides of the pan and add the ground meat to the center, cooking and stirring until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper.
Thoroughly whisk in the flour and add beef broth (or stock) and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the frozen peas and corn and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and coat a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Pour the meat mixture in an even layer into the prepared baking dish. Top with the mashed potatoes and spread into an even layer. Top with the 1 cup of cheese and 1 tablespoon of parsley. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
RECIPE NOTES: MAKE THE BEST SHEPHERD'S PIE AROUND!
Use ground beef (versus turkey) for a tastier dish. There are times when leaning toward the healthier side is more important and there are times when leaning toward tasty is more important. Weigh your options here because using beef can make a huge difference with flavor in this dish.
If you're in a pinch for time, you can cheat on the potatoes (use instant or frozen) but I highly recommend taking the time to make mashed potatoes from scratch if there’s time for it. Make them in your Instant Pot in just 15 minutes!
Ground lamb would be a delicious replacement for the beef!
Add 1/2 teaspoon each of rosemary and thyme to the veggie mixture for an added punch of delicious flavor!
WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE HOW EASY IT IS TO MAKE MASHED POTATOES FOR THIS RECIPE!
WHAT GOES WITH SHEPHERD'S PIE
Since this comforting dish has it all, go light on the sides. Here are some delicious options to consider:
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COTTAGE PIE AND SHEPHERD'S PIE
The term “cottage pie” predates “shepherd’s pie” by a century, but the terms were used interchangeably for quite some time. Technically, the type of meat that is used in the dish is what determines which term should be used. Shepherd’s pie uses lamb (!) and cottage pie uses beef (!). So here you go, introducing the most delicious cottage pie that we’re going to call shepherd’s pie because nobody says cottage pie anymore.
CAN YOU MAKE SHEPHERD'S PIE AHEAD OF TIME?
Yes! You have a couple options.
Option 1: Prepare the recipe in its entirety (baking included) and let cool. Cover and freeze. After freezing, let thaw completely and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes, or until warmed through.
Option 2: Prepare the recipe up until the point when it needs to be baked. Cover and freeze. After freezing, let thaw completely and bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO FREEZE CASSEROLES
If you want to freeze a casserole for later use, you have a couple options:
Freeze unbaked - Assemble the layers as directed in an aluminum baking pan and wrap tightly in foil. Place into resealable freezer bags and freeze for 3-4 months. When you are ready to enjoy the casserole, let it thaw completely (preferably in the fridge overnight) and bake as directed on the recipe.
Freeze baked - Assemble the layers and bake as directed in an aluminum baking pan. Let the casserole cool completely and wrap tightly in foil. Place into resealable freezer bags and freeze for 3-4 months. When you are ready to enjoy the casserole, let it thaw completely (preferably in the fridge overnight).
HOW DO YOU REHEAT SHEPHERD'S PIE
Reheat in a 250 degree F oven uncovered for 15 minutes or until heated through. Or you can heat individual servings in the microwave in 1-minute bursts until heated through.
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