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Modern Shepherd's Pie

Discussion in 'Foods of the Civil War' started by Anna Elizabeth Henry, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. Anna Elizabeth Henry

    Anna Elizabeth Henry Sergeant Major Silver Patron Member of the Month

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    While standing on the subway platform this morning in a blustery rain wondering what comforting thing I could whip up for dinner Shepherd's Pie came to mind. The traditional Irish pub meal is the prefect comfort food now that the leaves are turning and the wind is picking up.

    Ingredients
    • 1 1/2 pounds ground round
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 1/2 (8-oz.) package fresh mushrooms, sliced
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
    • 4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can stewed tomatoes
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • Cheese-and-Carrot Mashed Potatoes
    Preparation
    1. Brown beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Remove ground beef from skillet using a slotted spoon; reserve 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Reduce heat to medium.

    2. Saute onion, mushrooms, and garlic in hot drippings over medium heat 10 to 11 minutes or until tender. Stir in ground beef, peas, and next 4 ingredients. Sprinkle flour over meat mixture. Increase heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, bay leaf, and vinegar, breaking up large tomato pieces with a spoon. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring often, 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove bay leaf. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 3-qt. baking dish or pan. Spoon Cheese-and-Carrot Mashed Potatoes evenly over meat mixture, smoothing with back of spoon.

    3. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

    Note: To make ahead, prepare recipe as directed through Step 2. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator 24 hours. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated, shielding with aluminum foil after 25 minutes to prevent excessive browning.

    Serves 8

    Recipe from Southern Living
     
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  3. donna

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    Always like Shepherd's Pie. We had an Irish Pub near us that made the best but unfortunately they closed.

    Will have to try your recipe.
     
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    Another favorite!!!!! Just in time for fall weather. Comfort food season is here!!!!!
     
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    Never thought about putting carrots into the mashed potatoes! That's going to be one I try. Do love these kinds of hearty fall dishes!
     
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    I've made this dish before and its very tasty with the cheese and carrots in the mashed potatoes. The cheese helps making the top a little more crispy, the carrots I think make the potatoes more sweet tasting, at least that's difference I noticed when I started using this recipe.
     
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    Yummm. That looks very delicious and would be great with the constant rain and wind we've been having! Is it possible to substitute chicken or turkey for the beef?
     
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    Anna Elizabeth Henry Sergeant Major Silver Patron Member of the Month

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    Yes @hanna260 you can use ground turkey meat instead of beef. I know my aunt makes it that way. Here's a link to a different recipe from Rachel Ray for Turkey Shepherd's Pie - http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe...arch/kid-recipes/ground-turkey-shepherd-s-pie

    It's slightly different ingredient wise which includes using poultry seasoning.
     
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    Shepherd's Pie.
    Beef?
    Surely the clue is in the name. In these parts shepherd's pie is made with lamb.
    Either way it is great comfort food.
     
  10. Anna Elizabeth Henry

    Anna Elizabeth Henry Sergeant Major Silver Patron Member of the Month

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    LOL! Yes, you're right, traditional Irish or British versions always have lamb. I think lamb isn't as popular in America or at least in NYC it tends not to be :unsure:
     
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    Lamb is good! I don't eat much of it these days, but I will say mutton done right is very good in shepherd's pie.
     
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    We have this dish in the cool months here florida, another great one pot meal.i like mine with about 5lbs.of cheddar on top.
     
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    Did you know there is Shepherd's Pie and Cottage Pie? Read:

    http://www.fellwalk.co.uk/londonfood3.htm

    In essence, Shepherd's Pie is made from lamb or mutton and Cottage Pie is beef and mashed potatoes. Of course, today there are variations of both and words are used interchangeable.
     
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  14. Anna Elizabeth Henry

    Anna Elizabeth Henry Sergeant Major Silver Patron Member of the Month

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    I've never had lamb. I can't disassociate the cute, cuddly petting zoo animal when I see it, so I don't eat it. :frown:

    Good to know! I've heard of both and thought it was regional difference between Ireland/UK, thanks for clearing that up!
     
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    I haven't had shepherd's pie in a long time! It is one of all-time favourite foods :hungry:
     
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    Sounds delicious. Wish I had somebody to make it for me!
    I absolutely hate cooking -- even more than I love eating. More than 2 or 3 ingredients in a recipe, and I start thinking of all the things I'd rather be doing (like anything). Kills the appetite right here.
    I envy those who enjoy cooking -- even more, those who live with great cooks.
    My mother made a really great shepherds' pie: always using lamb. Don't know what spices she used, but it tasted like love.
     
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    YES! Dang right it sounds delicious! I'm gonna figure out how to book mark this one. It sounds a bit tedious, but it sure sounds worth the trouble to me.

    Thank you for posting this!
     
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    There is nothing hard about making Shepard pie, and the reward is well worth it, better then a burger a D fries.
     
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    It's one of the things that if you love to eat, you should - speaking as someone who hasn't gotten there yet, so don't take this as censure - learn to make.

    Mashed potatoes pretty much define comfort food, making them into shepherd's pie is making a good thing better.
     
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    Wanted to bump up this thread as it's an excellent cold weather comfort food.

    Also, here's a recipe for individual Shepherd's Pies for an afternoon tea - enjoy!

    Ingredients -
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • ¼ pound ground lamb, pork, or beef
    • 3 tablespoons finely chopped
    • sweet onion
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
    • ⅛ teaspoon garlic salt
    • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
    • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon salted butter, divided
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup chicken broth ( I use low sodium broth)
    • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
    • 3 drops Kitchen Bouquet Browning & Seasoning Sauce
    • ½ cup small, cut, frozen mixed vegetables, cooked according to package instructions
    • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
    • 2 cups diced russet potato
    • 1 tablespoon whole milk
    • 1 large egg
    Directions - http://www.teatimemagazine.com/shepherds-pies-recipe/
     
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    ... had one last week, but not like this. I'm going to have to try this recipe
     
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