Shepherd's Pie

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 25 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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For the topping: 

2 medium russet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled and quartered

2 medium turnips (about 1 1/4 pounds), peeled and quartered

Kosher salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup whole milk

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Freshly ground pepper

For the filling:

4 strips thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, diced

2 pounds ground beef chuck

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 carrots, finely chopped

2 stalks celery, finely chopped

4 ounces cremini mushrooms,

finely chopped (about 2 cups)

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

3 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Prepare the topping: Put the potatoes and turnips in a large pot and cover with cold water; season with salt. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 25 minutes; drain, reserving the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, make the filling: Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes.Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the fat; add the beef to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 4 minutes. Add the onion, carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms, thyme and tomato paste and cook, stirring occasionally, until incorporated, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir the flour into the vegetables until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Add the broth, Worcestershire sauce, 3/4 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook until slightly thickened, about 3 more minutes. Stir in the parsley.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Finish the topping: Combine the butter and milk in the reserved pot and cook over medium heat until the butter is melted. Return the potatoes and turnips to the pot and mash with a potato masher or wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in the parmesan and chives and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Transfer the filling to a 2 1/2-quart baking dish and cover with the topping, spreading evenly. Bake until the topping is golden, about 35 minutes. Let rest 15 minutes before serving.
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