I found a couple of pounds of ground beef and an opened, one pound bag of corn kernels in my freezer. Those two ingredients called out to me loudly and clearly. Yes, they told me it was time to make shepherd's pie. This was going to be a surprise for my family because shepherd's pie has not shown up on our dinner table for many years. I used to make it fairly often, but it fell out of favor quite some time ago. Since it had always been a favorite meal with Hubby and sons, I knew they would be happy to see it reappear.
|My Shepherd's Pie|
crowned with a layer of tasty mashed potatoes. Since I wanted to share my version with all of you, I decided to check out other shepherd's pie recipes online. What I found out is that the dish I have called shepherd's pie all my life is actually referred to as cottage pie because it is made with beef. Shepherd's pie is traditionally made with lamb. That may be true, but I don't plan to change the name of my dish at this point in my life!
I also found that there are nearly as many versions of shepherd's pie as there are home cooks. So, I hope if you decide to make shepherd's (or cottage) pie for your family you will adapt this recipe to your family's tastes. If you do, it is sure to become a family favorite.
Donna's Shepherd's Pie
|Shepherd's Pie Ingredients|
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- 3 teaspoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 pound bag frozen corn kernels, thawed and drained
- 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Place the potatoes in a medium pot, covered with water. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the potatoes until a fork is easily inserted into the potatoes, about 10-15 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, cooking until they start to take on a little color. Add the minced garlic to the onions, cooking for about one minute. Add the ground beef to the pan, breaking up the clumps of beef. Season the beef with salt and pepper, starting with 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Continue to cook until the beef is nicely browned.
Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of flour over the beef, stirring to distribute the flour. Cook for about 1 minute. Add the water, stirring to make a sauce. Cook the mixture until you see the sauce begin to thicken, about 2-3 minutes. Taste the mixture again and add the rest of the salt and pepper as needed. Cover the pan and turn off the heat.
|Thicken with Flour and Make A Sauce|
|Mash the Potatoes|
|The Seasoned Beef Layer|
|The Sweet Corn Layer|
|My Shepherd's Pie|
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