Shepherd’s Pie

So can you tell I am going back to all my photo archives and posting all the yummy recipes I’ve made and restaurants that I have been to all year?

This is a Shepherd’s Pie that I made in February. It was AMAZING! I know this because I had 2 of my British friends come over for dinner they raved about it.

The recipe is from the March o6 Cook’s Country magazine, the sister publication to Cook’s Illustrated. Have I professed my love for this magazine yet? It’s one of my favorite magazines! The photos are great, no advertisements, full color, easy recipes that are tasty, what more can I ask for?  You can also join the website for $3.95 per month and download all the recipes. They don’t have any advertising in their magazines, so that’s why they charge for access to the website.

Click through for the recipe.

Cook’s Country Shepherd’s Pie

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
1 large onion, chopped fine
2 medium carrots , peeled and chopped fine
2 pounds 85 percent lean ground beef 
Table salt and ground black pepper 
5 tablespoons all purpose flour   
1 tablespoon tomato paste  
1/4 cup heavy cream 
1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth  
3/4 cup beer 
2 tablespoons soy sauce  
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves  
1 cup frozen peas  

2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes. peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup heavy cream, warmed
Ground black pepper   
 1 large egg, beaten

1. For the filling: Heat butter in large
skillet over medium-high heat until foaming. Add onion and carrots and
cook until soft, about 8 minutes. Add meat, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2
teaspoon pepper and cook, breaking up meat into small pieces with
wooden spoon, until browned, about 12 minutes. Add flour and tomato
paste and cook until paste begins to darken, about 1 minute.

2. Add cream and cook until it spatters, about 1
minute. Add broth, beer, soy sauce, and thyme and simmer over medium
heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is thick but still saucy, 15
to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in peas, adjust seasonings, and
transfer to broilersafe 2-quart casserole dish.

3. For the topping: Adjust oven rack to
upper-middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Bring potatoes, 1/2
teaspoon salt, and water to cover to boil in large saucepan over high
heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 15 to 20
minutes. Drain potatoes, return to saucepan, and mash potatoes with
butter and cream until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Spread potatoes over filling, using spatula to
smooth top (see photo at left). Brush with egg and drag fork across top
to make ridges. Bake until filling is bubbling, about 15 minutes. Turn
on broiler and cook until top is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove
from oven and cool 10 minutes. Serve.

Make Ahead

Make the filling through step 2, but do not add the
peas. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two
days. When ready to proceed, reheat the filling in a large saucepan,
stir in the peas, and transfer to a broilersafe 2-quart casserole.
Proceed with the recipe from step 3.

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4 Comments on Shepherd’s Pie

  1. Amy and Jonny
    September 14, 2007 at 12:37 pm (10 years ago)

    OH NO! I’m going to hide this post from my British husband. If I have to hear him complain one more time about how everyone thinks beef is the main ingredient in sheperd’s pie, I’ll cry. But he’s right… now that I’ve been ‘schooled’ on this issue, I’m starting to become like him! A shepherd herds sheep hence the name “Shepherd’s Pie”. It should always contain minced lamb, NOT beef. Adding beef makes it a “Cottage Pie”. It’s kind of embarrassing that Cook’s County mag made this mistake? I love Cooks Illustrated – they’re an extremely smartly written publication… surely that had to be a typo. Just trying to spread the word to American’s… Sheperd’s Pie = Lamb, Cottage Pie = Beef. Thanks for reading!

  2. Kody
    October 11, 2007 at 5:29 am (10 years ago)

    Woohhhhh… Really great dish and I am already thinking to make it.. mostly i follow recipes of and stores at they are also too good..


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