Whenever I go to an Irish Pub I always order Shepherd's Pie. When I saw a recipe for it and it looked like something I could handle I decided to give it a try. Its a nice dinner that's a little out of the ordinary that will fill you and warm you up on a cold dreary gray day like we are so used to in New Jersey. My husband had four helpings so I know it was good. The mashed potatoes were so creamy. This recipe was adapted from foodiewife-kitchen.blogspot.com
For the potato topping:
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed (I used my favorite Yukon Gold)
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup half and half
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
For the filling:
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground lamb
The combo of the two meats gives it a much better flavor
1 onion chopped
2 teaspoons thyme (dried or fresh)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 12 oz. bag of frozen peas and carrots
For the gravy:
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 cups beef stock or broth
4 teaspoons Worcestershire
Makes 6 servings
Boil potatoes in water until tender. Drain and pour into bowl.
While potatoes boil brown beef and lamb in large skillet over medium heat. Season meat with salt and pepper. Drain pan of drippings when all meat is crumbled and browned.
Add peas and carrots and heat for a minute or two.
In a second skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together for two minutes. Whisk in beef broth and worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy for 1 minute.
Add gravy to meat and vegetable mixture.
Preheat broiler to high.
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