A simple version of the classic meat and vegetable comfort food casserole topped with cheesy garlic mashed potatoes, this is the best Shepherd’s Pie recipe you’ll ever make!
OK – so I may be tooting my own horn a bit too much here, but in all honesty this was the.best.Shepherds.Pie.I.have.ever.eaten!
Shepherds Pie is one of those things that is easy to grab from the frozen food section, then pop in the oven to bake so you may be saying to yourself, why would I ever make this from scratch? Well I’ll tell you why: Frozen Shepherds Pie tastes like cat food compared to this. Yes, my Shepherds Pie may LOOK like cat food, but I assure you it’s delicious! My middle daughter had seconds, my oldest daughter had thirds, and my husband ate all that was remaining later that night. In my house no leftovers means the meal was good!
WHAT MAKES THIS SHEPHERD’S PIE SPECIAL?
Ahhhh… I am so glad you asked that question! The light, fluffy, FLAVOURFUL mashed whipped potatoes on top is what sets this Shepherds Pie apart from any that you have ever had before. This Shepherds Pie is topped with Garlic Parmesan Whipped Potatoes (the potatoes are so good that I may need to feature them in a separate recipe on their own). Garlic and Parmesan Cheese are my not-so-secret ingredients. Before baking the Shepard’s Pie I also topped it with fresh Parmesan so that the cheese would form a delicious crust on top. Yummy to my tummy!
When you dig in you get a spoonful of mashed potatoes, some crispy bits, meat, and vegetables all in one bite. It’s pure comfort food. Enjoy!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Author Janice – Salads for Lunch
For Meat Mixture
* 1 tbsp olive oil
* 1 1/2 lb ground beef lean
* 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
* 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
* 1 large onion chopped
* 1 clove garlic minced
* 1.9 oz onion soup mix I used Knorr 55g pkg
* 1 cup beef broth
* 1 cup Canned corn I used Green Giant Niblets
* 1 carrot diced
For Mashed Potatoes
* 6 large potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
* 4 tbsp butter softened
* 2/3 cup milk
* 1 cup Parmesan cheese divided
* 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
* 1/2 tsp white pepper or to taste
* 2 cloves garlic
* 1 tbsp parsley fresh for garnish
* Boil the potatoes: Start by first cooking the potatoes in boiling water for about 15 minutes or until fork tender. While the potatoes are cooking, you can prepare the meat mixture.
* Prepare the meat mixture: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef to the skillet, season it with the salt and pepper and cook it for abut 5 minutes or until it’s no longer pink, breaking it up as you go along.
* Add the onion and garlic and cook for 3 more minutes until the onion softens and becomes translucent. Add the onion soup mix, beef broth and stir. Stir in the corn and carrots and cook for a couple more minutes. Set aside.
* Preheat the oven 350 F degrees.
* Prepare the mashed potatoes: Drain the potatoes then add them to a large bowl. Add in the butter and using a potato masher, mash until smooth. Add the milk, half of the Parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper and whip with a mixer until smooth.
* Finish assembling the shepherd’s pie: Spread the potatoes over the meat and smooth with a spoon. Take a fork and rough up the top a bit and sprinkle the pther half of the Parmesan cheese on top. garnish with a bit of parsley.
* Bake: Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake for 40 minutes until golden brown on top.
* Garnish with more parsley and pepper and serve warm.
How do I store leftovers: Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of cooking, cover the pie with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Can I freeze this: Yes you can! After baking, let the skillet cool to room temperature. Transfer the shepherd’s pie to an airtight container and place in the freezer for up to 2 months. You can also cover the skillet tightly with foil, or plastic wrap, just make sure it’s tightly covered.
Can I use store bought mashed potatoes: Yes, you can, but this recipe won’t taste as good if you do. Store bought mashed potatoes can be used or leftover mashed potatoes. The garlic/Parmesan whipped potatoes is what gives this recipe it’s flavour.
Can I use frozen veggies: Yes, of course. Frozen veggies saves time, but feel free to use fresh veggies, such as carrots, peas and corn.
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