A Quick and Easy Weekday Meal for the Whole Family

As temperatures are beginning to dip, more and more people are reaching for their favorite comfort foods; the rich, hearty, stick-to-your-bones kind of food that you want to eat while curled under a blanket with your loved ones as a fire roars in front of you. Unfortunately, most people do not have the time or the energy after a long day of work for of preparation and cooking involved in making that kind of food. If you are one of those that craves homey-goodness but needs to get dinner on the table quickly, this budget-friendly recipe is for you.

Shepherd’s pie comes to us from England and is simple, filling and delicious. While it is traditionally made with minced lamb (hence the “shepherd” in “Shepherd’s pie”) this recipe calls for the cheaper and typically more accessible ground beef. You could substitute ground turkey, chicken, lamb or pork, depending on what you have on hand. As a shortcut, frozen mixed vegetables are used in lieu of washing, chopping and preparing fresh vegetables.

Ingredients: (Serves 6)

  • Three large potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1-inch chunks
  • 2T sour cream
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 stick (1/4 cup or 8T) of butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn)
  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1t Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Shredded cheese

A Quick and Easy Weekday Meal for the Whole Family

Preparation:

  1. Set frozen vegetables out at the beginning of preparation to help defrost. The vegetables do not have to be completely thawed before using.
  2. Preheat over to 400F degrees.
  3. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil and add cubed potatoes, reduce to simmer and cook until potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Over medium heat, melt 4T of butter in a large sauté pan. Add chopped onion and garlic and cook about 6-10 minutes until fragrant and tender, stirring frequently. Add ground beef and cook until browned, seasoning with salt and pepper.
  5. Add vegetables, beef broth and Worcestershire sauce to mixture. Bring broth to a simmer and then reduce to low heat.
  6. Keep uncovered and cook about 10 minutes. You may need to add more beef broth to keep mixture from drying out.
  7. Spread the mixture out into the bottom of a large 9x13 baking pan. Allow to cool slightly before adding mashed potatoes.
  8. Once potatoes are tender (a fork can pierce easily), drain water and remove from pot. Combine potatoes with sour cream, heavy cream, and remaining butter, using a fork or potato masher to mix together.
  9. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the meat and vegetable mixture, spreading out to cover. Cook in the preheated oven until the top is browned and bubbling, about 30 minutes.
  10. Optional: During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add shredded cheese to the top of the pie for extra deliciousness.
  11. Remove and allow to sit for about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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Hearty Shepherd’s Pie Recipes

 Shepherd Pie

Shepherd’s pie is a classic and hearty dish that is guaranteed to satisfy your tummy as well as your taste buds. This delicious English dish graces tabletops all over the nation when dinner is served. Shepherd’s pie contains nearly everything that you could ask for in a food for it covers most of the food pyramid. In order to make the best shepherd’s pie, you need to make sure that it’s packed with nutrients and flavor.

Shepherd's Pie Filling

Shepherd’s pie consists of a filling and a topping. In order to make the filling, you’ll need the following ingredients: olive oil, butter, a pound of ground beef or lamb, a cup of beef stock, tomato paste, 2 garlic cloves, 1 can of creamed mushroom soup, an onion, 2 tablespoons of flour 2 carrots, a cup of peas, ¼ cup of water, ¼ cup of sour cream, a tablespoon of rosemary and/or marjoram, worcester sauce, black pepper, 2 tablespoons of Worcester sauce, 1 cup of heavy cream, 1 cup of cheddar or parmesan cheese, and most importantly, tons of love!

Shepherd's Pie Topping

To make the topping, you’ll need to peel and dice 6 large potatoes. You’ll also need ½ cup of milk, ¼ cup of milk, 6 tablespoons of either cheddar or parmesan cheese,½ teaspoon of black pepper, a dash of salt, and any other herbs that you would like to add in. You’ll also need paprika to sprinkle on the topping’s surface.

You will also need a large baking dish along with a skillet large enough to contain the contents of the filling. Modify the recipe as you see fit. Oh, don’t forget to add tons of love!

Chop up all of the vegetables and put them in a bowl. Be sure to stir them up. Lather up the skillet with olive oil and/or butter and cook your meat of choice. Once the meat looks three quarters done, add the vegetables to saute them until they are browned and soft. Once they look brown enough and around halway done, add Worcester sauce, creamed mushroom soup, tomato paste, and herbs onto the vegetables. Add the flour as well before blending them together.  Sprinkle black pepper over the vegetables as generously as you like as they simmer for 10-15 minutes.

While the filling is cooking, boil the potatoes in salted water. Let them boil until they’re fully cooked. Once they’re fully cooked and softened, mash them. To the fully mashed, add the ½ cup of milk, 4 tablespoons of butter, black pepper, and 6 tablespoons of either cheddar or parmesan cheese. Mix them together until they are fully blended.

Cooking Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spread the ½ of the shepherd’s pie topping onto the bottom of the baking pan, then pour all of the filling on top of it. After spreading the rest of the topping mix onto the filling, sprinkle the top of the pie with paprika, and place it in the oven.

This recipe takes around 35-40 minutes to cook. Enjoy!

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How To Make Instant Shepherd’s Pie For Under $5

Shepherd's Pie

Mmmmm. . . . shepherd's pie. The word conjures up images of cozy Irish pubs with pints of Guinness stout and bowls of hot, rich potato soup. It's been a traditional favorite for hundreds of years during cold, snowy winters. All pubs serve some form of shepherd's pie or "cottage pie," as it was first known. It's a healthy, filling meal that spreads warmth from your stomach down to your toes.

 

Traditional Shepherd's Pie Ingredients

Shepherd's pie usually consists of beef, mutton, or lamb as the main meat. There are also diced carrots, celery, and onion included in the dish. Once you combine those ingredients, it's baked with a thick layer of mashed potatoes on top. This creates a hearty dish with protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates to nourish and warm you up after a long day.

But shepherd's pie recipes traditionally take about an hour and a half to make. They require a special dish which you may not have. When you come home from work, you and your family are hungry; you may not have close to two hours to cook a traditional shepherd's pie in the oven, because everyone's getting a little grouchy with hunger.

 

Instant Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Luckily, we've got a solution that you can make in under ten minutes. It uses a majority of the ingredients from traditional shepherd's pie (some items, like beef stock, are left out.) It provides a hearty, filling meal that you can make in literally no time- and it's very inexpensive.

You'll need the following:

  • Two large cans of chunky beef stew (the brand doesn't matter, but I've used Campbell's in the past.)
  • A box of instant mashed potatoes (brand doesn't matter here, either.)
  • A cup of frozen peas and carrots
  • Worcestershire sauce

 

Recipe Instructions

This takes very little time to prepare. If your kids are clamoring around the kitchen asking when dinner will be ready, you've already got a solution.

  • Make the instant mashed potatoes (usually involves water, butter, and some fluffing up. Not too difficult. You can add a little rosemary in here for an additional UK twist.)
  • Spread out half the mashed potatoes on a large plate
  • Heat up the soup and pour it over the mashed potatoes
  • Heat up the peas and carrots (so your kiddos can get their vegetable servings) and mix it up with the soup
  • Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Spread the remaining mashed potatoes over the soup and vegetable mix

 

Voila, you're done! You can now bring your instant shepherd's pie dish to the table and satisfy your family with delicious, nutritious pie that people have relied on for hundreds of years. Plus, it's an inexpensive way of providing dinner; the ingredients are relatively inexpensive, and it can be made for under five dollars (providing you already have the vegetables and Worcestershire sauce in your kitchen). If you're on a budget, it's a great way to provide a healthy and hearty dinner for you and your loved ones. Serve, eat, and enjoy!

 

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