Thursday, March 10, 2011

Like an insensitive houseguest, winter will not take the hint and LEAVE already!

I am off to the Southlands to find me some spring, but as it was EIGHT degrees when I left Burlington yesterday, I thought I might share this easy casserole--a hearty and warming favorite, in case springtime hasn't found you where you live either!

Simple Shepherd's Pie

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb. ground meat (beef, turkey, lamb or a combo)
1 large onion, diced
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup frozen peas (I like lots of peas in my shepherd's pie!)
1 tablespoon beef or vegetable bouillon (I like Better Than Bouillon)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 stick butter, divided
1/4 cup flour
1 cup water
6 cups prepared mashed potatoes

In a large Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat and cook the meat and the onions until the meat is no longer pink and the onions are translucent (sliced mushrooms would have been good here, too, but I didn't have any on hand). Add the frozen vegetables and cook for a minute or two until thawed. Add the bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, granulated garlic, and pepper and stir to combine.

Make a well in the middle of the meat and vegetable mixture, and melt four tablespoons of butter. When the butter is melted, toss the flour over the mixture and cook everything together for a couple of minutes, stirring the whole time. Pour the water over the mixture and cook for another couple of minutes until the gravy thickens, stirring constantly.

Pour the meat and vegetable mixture into a 9x13 baking dish and top with the mashed potatoes. Top the potatoes with bits of the remaining four tablespoons of butter, and bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes until browned on top and bubbly.

*If the potatoes are not crispy enough to suit you, run the pan under the broiler for a minute or two.


tricia said...

This looks deliciously good. I'm going to try this over the weekend. Hope i can get it right for my family to enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

Veronica said...

Thanks for the recipe. I LOVE shepherd's pie and it's been a while since I've had some. Stay warm up there!

Mammatee said...

To Make Gluten Free:
Trade out the 1/4 cup of flour for Pamela's Artesian GF Flour mix, and use 2 cups of water to make the "gravy" more saucy...great flavour with the balsalmic vinegar and worchestershire sauce along with Vegetable "Better than Bouillion",,,everything else the same, except the organic beef from Costco is not a pound but 24 oz so really about 1 1/3 lbs.

Joy Bugaloo said...

Excellent idea! Thanks, Mammatee!