30 Minute Shepherd's Pie

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

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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Used 1 lb ground beef and 1 lb sage sausage. Perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and boys LOVED this dish. Will definitely make again. Easy and uses ingredients we have on hand. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Folks, just because it's not done your way doesn't mean it's the wrong way! This is a delicious recipe whether Beef or Lamb. Just needs a little garlic and more veggies.  Thanks Rach! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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
New Favorite in our Home! BONUS! I added grated Gruyère cheese to the top substituted (paprika) and broil as suggested. Amazing recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Add 1 very large pinch flavor and you might have something here. Garlic, thyme, kitchen bouquet, ketchup, steak sauce, something.....anything! Bland, boring and and now deleted. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed this Rec word for word and i could just see something was off despite following the exact measurements. There was almost no gravy and as my husband stated it was bland as hell, which i thought it would be considering the severe lack of any seasoning. I'm gonna have to go back to my mother and get her rec for this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great meal, but like other reviews stated, mine was super greasy. Next time I'll drain the meat as much as possible before adding the veggies. Very quick and simple compared to other shepard's pie recipes on food network, and easy to adapt to your own tastes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I knew this would su*k, and knowing food way better than this, I made this recipe on purpose. It did not disappoint! This was the worst su*k of all su*k in the history of su*k. I used generic Safeway roasted garlic instant potatoes, and this was the worst most bland thing I've ever eaten. The $0.88 potatoes were the highlight of the dish. Now, there are a dozen things on the surface you know not to do. This recipe is horrible. There are a dozen great things you can do the make this dish an explosion of flavors. Either way, don't bother. If you really need to get it from food network, try Alton's. It's pretty solid. Few things you can change there took but that's what food is all about. However to be blunt and wrap it up here, simply and finally put, this is not food. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an easy meal to make, and the family did like it, however; there is one thing about it that everybody noticed right away and did not care for. It was greasy. I didn't drain the drippings since the recipe stated to only spoon away fat if you used lamb. I left it as is and it was greasy. Next time I will drain some of it off. Easy recipe and a pleasant family meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
season the meat first-SO good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is very bland and needs seasoning. There is really no taste. The potatoes are good but need some cheddar cheese. Very disappointing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love it. Portions are HUGE though. I use beef booster for extra flavor item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was absolutely delicious! My family loved it. My changes: I used ground turkey sauted with chopped green &amp; red peppers, salt &amp; pepper. I added chopped scallions and fresh chopped garlic after the meat was browned along with the worcestershire sauce and a dash of A1 sauce. I then added peas and a handful of corn. I let the mixture simmer until the majority of water boiled out. Then I sprinkled 3 tablespoons of flour directly onto the mixture in the pan, and added 1 cup of HOT water. Stir and let simmer until mixture thickens. Pour in baking dish cover with thin layer of shredded cheese, then cover with the mash potatoes. I did not use cream in the mash potatoes. Instead I used soy milk, egg yolk, and butter. They were still very creamy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can I just say that it is only Shepherd's Pie if you use lamb,if you use beef it is called Cottage Pie.Nice recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just finished making it and it is absolutely amazing. Great dish and very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recip exactly how it was written except i had you use beef instead of lamb because the grocery store was out of lamb. Also, I added 1/2 a pound of sweet sausage to give it a little flavor. It was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious and very easy ….new staple in my kitchen… the gravy makes such a difference in flavor…. Home run Rach!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely loved this recipe so much that I want to make it again tonight... My kids devoured it and with it being so cold in CA right now, it was perfect comfort food! Kudos! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband was licking his plate he loved this so much. Great recipe! I actually used leftover pork shoulder and chicken (already cooked) and diced it instead of the hamburger. The potato topping was excellent. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's not a quick meal if you make your own mashed potatoes. But it's worth the time. Definitely needs more seasoning. But still, so delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really have not made many of Rachael's recipes over the years, however this is my go to for Shephards Pie. I take help from the store with ready bought mashed taters some times, and have even used polenta on top. I did not surf all of the reviews, however I guess the only way to mess this up would be too much salt. I do not add any, as it is in the worcestershire and broth already. item not reviewed by moderator and published
In terms of flavour, this shepherds pie is great. Everyone I served it to loved it. I tripled the recipe for 4 person household (thinking leftovers) but it was gone that morning after breakfast. The only thing I would do differently (hence the lack of one star) is cook the vegetables for a bit longer. If you wanted to keep it under 30 minutes, start cooking the carrots, onions etc right away in a separate pan so that they are soft when you mix them with the meat mixture. It was a bit unpleasant to be eating such a rich, creamy dinner and then get a chunk of crunchy carrot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So Good and easy. I was REALLY stuck for time and used store bought premade mashed potatoes and it was still delicious. Will make again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have tried many recipes for Shepard's Pie, but this was the best. A great use for leftover mashed potatoes, and the other ingredients I either had on hand in the pantry or the freezer. There were no leftovers when I served it. This one is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very easy to make and delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first time I've made or ate shepherd's pie. Itwas delicious and I will definitely do this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this recipe tonight Wednesday April 26, 2013 about 6pm I was done about 6:35pm PST. All I can say is it was delicious. I messed with the recipe a little I had a leftover tomato half from another meal that I diced up and added to this along with some corn. It was as I said DELICIOUS!!! You all might want to try these additions yourself and see what you think…OH YEAH I almost forgot I toped the mash potatoes with some Havarti Cheese OMG!!! It went so perfect with this dish… item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is awesome, but instead of frozen peas I substitute frozen broccoli. My family loves it. Thanks Rachael Ray. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of my favorite recipes. I use beef, lamb, or some of both depending on my mood. The shortcut I use most of the time for this recipe is to top it with pre-made mashed potatoes rather than making my own. It's not quite as good that way, but it saves a step and still tastes very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy to follow. I am gluten free and dairy free so I altered it just a bit. But it still cam out great. So tasty and everyone enjoyed it. Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time making shepherd's pie, I love Rachel Ray and she did not dissappoint. Everyone enjoyed it and were surprised themselves at how tasty it was, item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to prepare. We added a bit of cheddar cheese to the top and it was simple... delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delish! I changed my sour cream for plain whole milk yogurt, and my cream with vegetable broth, added salt, pepper and garlic and voila! Oh, and i used ground veal! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my 2nd attempt at making Shepard's pie &amp; this is now my go to recipe! I changed it up a little bit for the sake of putting my own personal spin on it...but I'm sure it would be just as excellent if made 'as is' too!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made a few modifications (no sour cream in the potatoes/garlic in the meat/no worcestershire sauce/added soy sauce. Really easy and very good. My kid did not like the lamb--will try beef next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought it tasted great!! Easy and just what I wanted on a cold winter night when I just came home after working all day! Thank you Rachel (again : !! item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of my favorites. The only shepherds pie recipe I use. I use beef, haven't tried lamb yet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Madee it tonight. Look no further for a shepherd's pie recipe. Just watch the gravy. Mine was lumpy when following the recipe. Add the broth slowly while whisking. My friend was here and saved the day by making gravy another way. The dish was fantastic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUM! I add a bit more of the worchesters sauce because I enjoy the extra flavor. For those first timers though for this recipe follow it to the T and your good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy, quick meal for a family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe, but felt the prep was a lot. I added the following and it was delicious - As I was browning the beef,..I added a little fresh garlic, onion and Fat Tire Beer. The rich flavor of the beer gave it a wonderful taste. I also added more fresh garlic, a little red pepper and lots of carrots, a handful o frozen peas and Montreal steak seasoning. I made a a little extra gravy and swirled over the top before I broiled. I had rave reviews. Yummo! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Serves FOUR?! Four giants maybe. Yummy enough though, but the possibilities with shepherd's pie are endless. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For some reason, this 30 minute shepherds pie took 40 minutes to prepare. At first I was confused, but then I realized I must have finally mastered the ability to warp the space-time continuum. Was/is/will be delish. See you last week! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is definitely a keeper! I liked some of the suggestions from previous posts and will try some of those variations. The only things I changed was to add garlic while sauteing the beef and since I didn't have any fresh veggies on hand I used a frozen medley mix. Quick, easy &amp; super tasty! Thanks Rachael! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very tasty (although it took me longer than 30 minutes to prepare. I made a couple of minor changes based on Alton Brown's shepherd's pie recipe. I added 2 T. tomato paste, 3 t. dried parsley, 1/2 t. each dried rosemary and dried thyme. I also used 1 cup beef broth instead of 1 cup and also mixed in 1 package brown gravy mix with the beef broth to add flavor and help thicken. I used 1/2 package frozen mixed veggies. Will definitely keep this in my meal rotation! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious I added mixed vegetables and topped with cheese.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I must admit I was a little disappointed. I thought it would have more taste. Once I added more butter, cheese, and spices it was good, but it still needs that... pizazz. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!! A great base for adding additional ingredients, fresh mushrooms and corn are a great addition. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent! It came together so quickly. I added thyme and used smoked paprika. I will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family enjoyed this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Finally!... A recipe in which I didn't need to go to the store for odd-ball ingredients. Had everything on hand (except fresh parsley, but used scallions I had instead. Also brushed top of potatoes with the unused egg white for additional browning and sprinkled a little fancy shredded cheedar on top for even more goodness. Definatly taste meat/veg/gravy mixture before putting into baking dish and season to YOUR liking. Thanks Rachael! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really good, although I did make a few changes to better suit my purpose. I made this for the main course of our St. Patty's day feast yesterday. I added some Guinness beer to the meat mixture to deglaze the pan before putting in the gravy. I also added some imported Irish white cheddar to the mashed potatoes, as well as some green onion (to add another festive green touch to it. The result was über delicious! I was very pleased with it. My family all had second helpings. I'm at work right now, and I can't wait to reheat the leftovers I packed in my lunch! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i substituted ground turkey for the lamb and i used instant mashed potatoes and i was very pleased. delicious, easy to make, quick, fairly healthy too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fantastic! I used half beef/half lamb. I also added a dash of cinnamon to the meat because it goes great with lamb, and it was delicious. I also used Lawry's in the mashed potatoes to give a little more flavor. I will definitely make this again, and definitely drain the fat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum!! Delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I changed the recipe up just a little. I didn't have a regular onion so I used a red onion. I also used too much dried thyme seasoning instead of fresh and it was too much. I think if I would've followed the recipe more closely it would have been even better. I did use cheddar cheese on top which was good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was great I thought. I used lamb of course (It is shepherd's pie after all. I got a lot of compliments on the mashed potatoes on top. For those who thought it was bland, I recommend 'season to taste' adding more salt/pepper/worcestershire sauce as needed. It did take me longer than 30 minutes, mostly due to the potatoes not cooking fast enough, but I usually give myself extra time for recipes. I also think you can get 5-6 servings out of this easily. I portioned them into servings of five and it was still a lot of food. Instead of using one large dish to serve them in I used soup bowls so each person got their own portion. Made for nice presentation and everyone got an equal portion of stew/potato. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it and my 3 year old triplets loved it. I did not use the egg yolk and it was still great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
pretty good shepherd's pie recipe! i used chopped baby spinach instead of peas because my 2 year old does not like them. it was so good we could not stop eating and a 4 serving recipe was chomped down by myself, hubby and child for dinner. yummy-o item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this was pretty good. I didn't think it was great but then I deviated from the recipe so I don't consider that the recipe's fault. I used green beans vs peas or other veggies. It's just how we have traditionally made Sheperd's Pie. I increased the seasoning and added garlic to the meat mixture, in this case, I used meatless crumbles so I didn't feel so guilty with all the fat from the potatoes. I did use some pepper jack cheese along with some cream cheese in the potatoes. I also didn't use the egg yolk. Next time I will so that it will brown better. I really loved the gravy part. So, all and all, a good recipe. We liked it a lot. Next time, I would add some tomato paste for a little acidity and try it with peas and carrots. For those that do not like it, I would suggest tasting the filling before topping with the potatoes and adjust the seasoning. I think thyme would be good in this. It's a great recipe to tweak to your preferences. Thanks Rachael. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never attempted a shepherd's pie before and when I googled it, this was the first one on the list and I saw the rave reviews. It was just okay for us, but it wasn't horrible. Maybe we simply aren't shepherd's pie people since we have never had it before. It isn't something I would refuse to make again, but we weren't in love with it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I decided to try this recipe today, it was really simple to make and was yummy. I decided to try ground chicken vs. the ground beef and used chicken broth instead of beef broth and it came out just as good. I would def make it again. thanks Rachael item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a fabulous dish with the following alterations. Add corn to the veggies and saute before adding to meat mixture. Add 4 tablespoons of Tomato Paste to meat mixture then simmer to thicken and bind.Then add gravy mixture. SEASON MEAT HEAVILY or will be bland. sprinkle top of Potatoes with cheddar cheese. and add a few tablespoons of butter to potatoes when whipping item not reviewed by moderator and published
Threw this together last night. Followed recipe to the nines (heavy cream with the egg yolk but wouldn't you know it...my broiler decided to quit on me. So that step was eliminated of course. No problem. Family devoured it then smiled all night long. Extremely tasty. Will be going back to this one often. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I changed it up a bit. Fresh onion, celery, carrots plus peas and green olives. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm a fan of Rachael Ray for the simplicity of what she does, however this recipe is bland, VERY bland. I stayed measure by measure exactly with the recipe, and though I went with Rachael's beef option, I do not think her lamb option would have been much of an improvement. The recipe is simply lacking flavor, and would only be an ok choice for very picky eaters, the "hamburger helper" crowd, or children, but not for someone wanting a really tasty meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night and my husband and 6 year old loved it. I used butter gold potatoes and left the skins on and the mashed potatoes were perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this, but I did add more seasonings to it. I always add about a tbsp of balsamic vinegar and more worcestershire to the gravy. A little vinegar can make food "pop". I add defrosted peas and carrots to meat and season with SALT, pepper, onion powder, and paprika. I add gravy then taste and alter seasonings until I love it. I don't add egg or cream to potatoes, but I do add more cream cheese. I love it like this, but as written it did need more seasoning and flavors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this! I used sour cream &amp; half'n half in the mashed potatoes (it's what I had on hand. Didn't have peas so I used frozen carrots. Great, tasty way to use up left over potatoes after Thanksgiving! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! My husband really liked it. I did add a little fresh thyme &amp; instead of the fresh carrot, I stirred in a bag of frozen mixed veggies. Once I added the broth to the beef and veggies, I let it simmer for about 5 minutes before putting in the casserole dish. Also, I made a little extra gravy, about a cup and a half. Loved it &amp; great use of left over mashed potatoes!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is awesome! I make it on my lunch hour so it's ready for dinner. I am not a huge mashed potato fan, but LOVE this inexpensive recipe. Truly yummy! I like the cream cheese better than the sour cream in the potatoes as I have tried it both ways. For me to make it twice in the last month, it must be easy, tasty, and satisfying plus I love having left-overs. It didn't even make it to the oven. I found just heating it quickly in the microwave works just fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of my favorite Irish dishes, especially Rachael's recipe, because it's so easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! Great for cold weather months! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and tasty! I've been looking for a good shepherd's pie recipe and I'm saving this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OK, so maybe it was a LITTLE longer than 30 minutes; it was worth it! Used this recipe to use up some leftover moose tenderloin - added it to the vegetables after I sauteed them so as not to overcook my already cooked meat. I also cooked at 350 for about 20 minutes as I was not quite sure when my husband would be home from the football game. Major comfort food; will make again and I guess you could really add any meat you want. I read all the other changes folks made, but really, it was excellent, excellent! as written. Thanks, Rachel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never trust anything that says 30 mins. I would say it took more like 45 mins. and that didn't include clean up. That being said I loved this recipe. It was easy and tasty. Best of all my pickiest eater had 2 helpings!! I added garlic to the meat with the salt and pepper. I also used low fat butter milk for the mashed potatoes and skipped the cream and egg. I put the filling on the bottom of a baking dish spooned the potatoes on top and baked at 350 degrees F. for about 20 mins. Worked better for me as I was awaiting the "team" from practice. Piping hot and ready for the table when they came through the door. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutley love this recipe! I always substitute the beef with ground turkey for a lighter version and sometimes add green beans or mushrooms to the vegetable mixtue. I don't know wht a few reviewers stated that it took longer than 30 minutes to make make this, I always finish in 30 minutes and it's delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Since this 30 minute meal takes 40 minutes, I had to shave 10 minutes off the cooking time so it would be ready in 30 minutes. The combination of ingredients would probably be tasty if it weren't so darned cold when I ate it. I really think this recipe should be on that show that does 53 minutes meals. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this takes more time than 40min to really get right. I sauteed my veggies before adding meat and then let it simmer for awhile, so the carrots and celery retained color but weren't crunchy, and that made it more like a full hour's preparation. It was delicious, though. We doubled the gravy, which probably wasn't necessary but was definitely rich and wonderful, and not at all soupy - this is a pretty scant amount of liquid as written, assuming you pour off your fat. I'm sure you could do lots of flavor variations, but this is a European peasant dish, as simple as it gets, and it's survived a long time on just the flavor of the meat, vegetables and butter. Salt and pepper by all means, and your stock probably has some herbs in it, but getting fancy with spices is out of character. Do it if that's what you like, of course, but try it without first. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe and I have made it multiple times and it is always a hit! I usually use leftover taco meat when I make this and this gives it a little extra something! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My boyfriend was going to make me Shepherd's Pie because he had followed this recipe before &amp; really liked it. I was like, "Wha? You're supposed to put raw carrots into cooked meat? Were they soft after cooking them for only 5 minutes?" And he said, "No, they were crunchy." (OK, ladies, next time you are stressing about impressing a man, just try to remember they are not actually the most discriminating creatures.We ended up cooking this with a few minor modifications: -Soften the onions &amp; carrots BEFORE you add the meat &amp; add a few cloves of chopped fresh garlic. -We doubled the Worcestershire, added 2 t. of herbes de Provence, &amp; some red chili flakes. -SALT, SALT, SALT. -Double peas. -Even if you are using lean hamburger the grease STILL needs to be poured off. -Rather than spreading, make sure you drop the mashers on by spoonfuls, then make little peaks all over it w/the back of a spoon so it looks pretty when it browns. VERY tasty &amp; attractive dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked how easy this was to make on a weeknight, but I thought the meat mixture needed a little som'-somethin'. Haven't quite figured out what that would be yet, but I'm willing to try again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids love Shepard Pie and this one is very easy to make. I love to make dishes that are from "scratch" and don't take long to cook. My kids are picky but they love this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We enjoyed it! I did add some cheddar cheese on the top : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! My husband almost never makes comments about dinner. I have to pry that information out of him. But he raved about this dish! I don't think I have ever gotten this kind of response from him about dinner in our 35 years of marriage. Also, it was simple enough to make that I was able to use the recipe as a teaching tool for my 12 year old son, who is showing signs of interest in cooking. He's a poor eater, but helping to cook makes him more apt to want to try new things. I was delighted that he helped to cook this Shepherd's Pie, then ate it, and actually liked it. Now, he goes online searching for recipes of things he'd like to try--and help cook. Excellent experience overall! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Es una buena receta, pero yo le anadi apio, Queso Cheddar Anejado y tambien pasta de tomate para la salsa. Sabroso! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this is a good base recipe, but it could do with some improvements to increase the taste. I sauteed chopped celery, carrots and onions at first and added some garlic before adding the ground beef. While the beef was cooking, I added a handful of parsley and oregano. I also added some freshly cracked pepper and some red pepper flakes. As far as the gravy goes, I don't think it was necessary to the flavor of the recipe. I just add Worcestershire sauce and a little beef broth directly to the filling and skip out on the calories from the butter &amp; flour. I think this lightens up the dish without taking away from its comfort food properties. After pouring the filling into a casserole dish, I placed about 6 sliced hard boiled eggs on top of the filling before spreading the potatoes on top. Hopefully this will kick up the flavor for those of you who think the original recipe is too bland. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husbands favorite recipe! MMMMmmmmm! 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
Wow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, part of cooking should be tasting the food, and seasoning as you go.. I think recipes are the canvas that you build your dish around. there is never one recipe to suit everyone's taste. As i made this, I salted as I went and added a splash more of Worcestershire.. So, depending on you/ your families taste you can add extra of whatever you like. For example, next time I make this I will definitely add some herbs, like rosemary and thyme, to give more depth and maybe some bell peppers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ummm....this has no long RR's recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Seriously why review a recipe when you change it so much? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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