Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients:



  • 1 1/2 pounds ground round 
  • 1 cup chopped onion 
  • 1/2 (8-oz.) package fresh mushrooms, sliced 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed 
  • 4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 
  • 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can stewed tomatoes 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Cheese-and-Carrot Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 (1-lb.) package baby carrots 
  • 1 tablespoon butter 
  • 1 (22-oz.) package frozen mashed potatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups milk 
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese 
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1. Place carrots and 1/4 cup water in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; fold back a small edge to allow steam to escape. Microwave at HIGH 8 to 10 minutes or until carrots are tender. Drain.
  • 2. Stir in butter. Coarsely mash carrots with a potato masher.
  • 3. Prepare potatoes according to package directions, using 2 1/2 cups milk. Stir in cheese, next 3 ingredients, and carrot mixture until well blended.
  • Note: For testing purposes only, we used Ore-Ida Frozen Mashed Potatoes. Do not use refrigerated mashed potatoes



Preparation:
  • 1. Brown beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Remove ground beef from skillet using a slotted spoon; reserve 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Reduce heat to medium.
  • 2. Sauté onion, mushrooms, and garlic in hot drippings over medium heat 10 to 11 minutes or until tender. Stir in ground beef, peas, and next 4 ingredients. Sprinkle flour over meat mixture. Increase heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, bay leaf, and vinegar, breaking up large tomato pieces with a spoon. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring often, 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove bay leaf. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 3-qt. baking dish or pan. Spoon Cheese-and-Carrot Mashed Potatoes evenly over meat mixture, smoothing with back of spoon.
  • 3. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  • Note: To make ahead, prepare recipe as directed through Step 2. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator 24 hours. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated, shielding with aluminum foil after 25 minutes to prevent excessive browning.

Alberta Watson, Chicago, Illinois, Southern Living
JULY 2008