Traditional Shepherd’s Pie

Traditional Shepherd’s Pie

     via Food Network - - recipe courtesy of Alton Brown


For The Potatoes

  1 ½ lb. Russet Potatoes  
   ¾ tsp. Kosher Salt
  ¼ cup Half-and-Half      
  ¼ tsp. Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  4 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  1 Egg Yolk

For The Meat Filling

   2 Carrots, peeled and diced
  1 cup Beef Broth or Chicken Broth
  4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  1½ lbs. Ground Lamb or Ground Beef
  2 tsp. Rosemary Leaves
  1 tsp. Kosher Salt 
  1 tsp. Thyme Leaves
  2 tbsp. All-Purpose Flour  
  ½ cup Fresh/Frozen Corn Kernels
  ½ tsp. Black Pepper
  ½ cup Fresh/Frozen English Peas
  2 tsp. Tomato Paste
  2 tbsp. Canola Oil


Pre-heat Oven to 450º F

Step 1

Peel the potatoes and dice into 1/2 inch pieces. Place in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Set over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, uncover, decrease the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until fork-tender, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the half-and-half and butter into a microwave-safe container and heat in the microwave until warmed through, about 35 seconds. Drain the potatoes in a colander and then return to the saucepan. Mash the potatoes and then add the half and half, butter, salt and pepper and continue to mash until smooth. Stir in the yolk until well combined.

Step 2

While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling. Place the canola oil into a 12-inch pan and set over medium high heat. Once the oil is heated, add the onion and carrots and sautee just until they begin to take on color, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add the beef or lamb, salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, approximately 3 minutes. Sprinkle the meat with the flour and toss to coat, continuing to cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste, chicken broth, Worcestershire, rosemary, thyme, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer slowly 10 to 12 minutes or until the sauce is thickened slightly.

Step 3

Add the corn and peas to the beef or lamb mixture and spread evenly into an 11 by 7-inch glass baking dish. Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up and smooth with a rubber spatula. Place on a parchment lined half sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown. Remove to a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.


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1 comment

Used your recipe tonight and we were all in heaven. What a simple idea this recipe is and so appealing!!

Janet Fitzgerald

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