Classic Shepherd’s Pie

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lb. potatoes (about 3 large potatoes), peeled and quartered
  • 8 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1-2 cups vegetables—diced carrots, corn, peas
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground round beef
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. Johnny’s Seasoned Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Johnny’s Seasoning Salt

Directions:

  1. Place the peeled and quartered potatoes in medium sized pot. Cover with at least an inch of cold water. Add a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until tender – about 20 minutes.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tbsp of the butter in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until tender, about 6 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add vegetables according to their cooking time. Carrots should be cooked with the onions, because they take as long to cook as the onions do.
  4. Add peas and corn toward the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat starts to cook, as they take very little cooking time.
  5. Add the ground beef, then Worcestershire sauce and broth: Add ground beef to the pan with the onions and vegetables. Cook until no longer pink. Add Johnny’s Seasoning Salt and Johnny’s Seasoned Pepper.
  6. Add the sauce and beef broth. Bring the broth to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth if necessary to keep the meat from drying out.
  7. When the potatoes are done cooking, remove them from the pot and place them in a bowl with the remaining 4 Tbsp of butter. Mash with a fork or potato masher, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Layer the meat mixture and mashed potatoes in a casserole dish: Preheat oven to 400°F. Spread the beef, onions, and vegetables in an even layer in a large baking dish (8×13 casserole).
  9. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the ground beef. Rough up the surface of the mashed potatoes with a fork so there are peaks that will get well browned. You can even use a fork to make creative designs in the mashed potatoes.
  10. Place in a 400°F oven and cook until browned and bubbling, about 30 minutes. If necessary, broil for the last few minutes to help the surface of the mashed potatoes brown.

Prep Time20 min

Cook Time50 min

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