Hi, I am Eugenie. Today I am making shepherd’s pie with ground beef and mashed potatoes. It was a dish for people living in a cottage. So shepherd’s pie should be easy and delicious, not complicated.
* Shepherd’s pie or Cottage pie? Many reference books say that the terms are interchangeable But if you want clarification, lamb for Shepherd’s pie; beef or mutton for Cottage pie.
Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe – Beef Cottage Pie
For 2 litres
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 medium carrots, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups vegetable or beef stock (480ml)
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 bay leaf, optional
- 1.5 pound potatoes, peeled and cubed (675g)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick; 60g)
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Extra melted butter for brushing
- Salt & pepper to taste
For the mince
First, in a pan, add oil. And heat over medium high heat.
Add onion and carrot. Cook until softened. It takes about 5 minutes.
Add beef. Cook until brown. Stir to break up any lumps.
Add flour. Stirring constantly, cook for 2 minutes.
Add vegetable stock, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and bay leaf. Stir to combine. And bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until the sauce is thickened. Don’t forget to stir occasionally.
In a pan with water, add salt. And bring to a boil.
Then add potatoes. Cook for 15 minutes or until tender.
Now drain and transfer to the same pan.
Then add butter, and milk. And mash with a fork or a potato masher. Continue until smooth.
Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Also season the mince to taste.
Spoon the beef mixture and spread into a baking dish.
Then, top with the mashed potatoes. And ruffle with a fork. Then brush with melted butter.
Bake at 400 degrees F (200C) for about 25 min, until the top is golden brown.
Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes before serving.