Wednesday, December 9, 2015

30 Minute Shepard's Pie

During the Winter, I love to make a lot of home-cooked meals that are some good ol' comfort foods. I think we all have those comfort food meals that make us think of the days we are curled up on the couch back at mom and dads house. And for me, one of those meals is my Mom's 30 Minute Shepard's Pie. 

My Mom, the best cook I know, keeps her Shepard's Pie pretty simple but I like adding a good amount of veggies to mine. And so, I took her recipe and put my own little twist on it. Speedracer Approved.

~ Ashlee's 30 Minute Shepards Pie ~
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons sour cream or cream cheese
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup cream or chicken broth
salt and pepper
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil OR coconut oil
1 3/4 pounds ground beef or turkey
1 onion, chopped
2 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbs butter
2 tbs all-purpose flour
1 cup beef stock or broth
2 teaspoons Worcerstershire, eyeball it
1/2 cup frozen corn or peas
1 bag frozen mixed veggies
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tbs fresh parsley leaves, chopped

~ Instructions ~
Broil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl. Combine Sour cream, egg yolk, and cream. Add mixture to potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth. While potatoes are boiling, preheat large skillet over medium high heat. Add Oil to hot pan with meat (turkey or beef). Season with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add Garlic and Onions to the meat. Cook with meat until onions are translucent. About 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together for about 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and worcerstershire sauce. Thicken gravy - 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and add frozen veggies. Cook until Veggies are soft. Should be about 5 minutes.

Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and veggie mix. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. Top casserole dish with chopped parsley and serve. 

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