30 Minute Shepherd's Pie

Total Time:
40 min
15 min
25 min

4 servings

  • 2 pounds potatoes, such as russet, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or softened cream cheese
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup cream, for a lighter version substitute vegetable or chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 1 3/4 pounds ground beef or ground lamb
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef stock or broth
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire, eyeball it
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, a couple of handfuls
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Boil 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 the cream mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth.

While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan with beef or lamb. Season meat with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. If you are using lamb and the pan is fatty, spoon away some of the drippings. Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook veggies with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Stir in peas.

Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. 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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Absolutely LOVED this recipe - I did riff off of it, but it's still a great recipe.  I sauteed my onions and carrots ahead of time, then added it to the meat when the meat was browned.  Left out the egg to the potatoes because, just because!  Used half and half because I didn't have cream.  It came out FANTASTIC.  Plus it really was done in about 45 minutes, including prep time.  Can't be that!!!!!! Husband was HUNGRY!  had to have it on the table fast.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
This Shepherd's Pie was very good! Growing up, it's always been referred to as Shepherd's Pie and was always made with beef. I don't get why some post said it lacked in flavor. The only change I made was to omit the peas and layer a can of corn over the beef mixture and I added 2 cloves of chopped garlic to meat mixture. It was the most flavorful I've had and my whole family enjoyed it.  I won't make it any other way! Thanks Rachael! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! First time ever making Shepherd's Pie. Haven't really had it since I was a child. The whole family loved it! Everyone had seconds. :) I used three carrots and more peas - we love extra veggies - also had fewer potatoes, but it turned out amazingly! item not reviewed by moderator and published
real Shepherd's pie contains lamb. If it is made with ground beef it should be called cottage pie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
excellent recipe, make twice as much gravy save the extra to add as necessary. everyone ate seconds item not reviewed by moderator and published
beef and lamb are not interchangeable and neither are all the seasonings that go with them. Shepherd's pie is done with lamb! Cottage pie is done with beef! Rachel Ray doesn't know how to cook! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Any food network afficianado knows that you season each layer of flavor. Salt and pepper, fresh herbs make a dish sing, and you taste as you go along. So any complaints about the dish being bland is at least partly the fault of the cook. I adore Rachel and Alton both. The Shepherd's - Cottage pie I'm making tonight has elements of both. Yes, it takes more than 30 minutes, but I don't have somebody in my kitchen chopping onions, peeling garlic and potatoes, or mincing fresh herbs for me. I don't expect that. Learn to cook! And embrace the time it takes, because every ounce of love you add to your meal will pay you back many fold! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I see all of the reviews of this dish being bland and yes it will be if you don't add seasoning. This basic dish is easy and quick. You can always add any sort of extra seasoning that you would like in the cooking process. Work with the ingredients and make it your own. That is what I did. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fifteen minutes of prep... if you have sous chefs.... way too much effort for a basic meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My boyfriend's favorite meal is shepherd's pie and he LOVES this recipe (while he hated my roommate's). He raves about it all the time and will not even consider letting me try another one. Not sure why so many people call it bland. it's shepherd's pie. The gravy really gives it some flavor. I used beef stock. wondering if others who found it bland just used broth. The only deviation from the recipe is that i use a mix of frozen peas/corn and no carrots. item not reviewed by moderator and published
if you used beef you made Cottage pie and NOT shepherds pie. Shepherds pie contains Ground LAMB!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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