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24 October 2012

Shepherd's Pie



I told my friend Kaylie today that I go on and off with cooking: I love it for a week, would rather avoid it for a week, and then go back to loving it for a week. This recipe for shepherd's pie is perfect for both kinds of weeks. If you're in the mood to cook, make the mashed potatoes from scratch and use fresh, chopped vegetables. If you're loathing the kitchen, use instant mashed potatoes and frozen vegetables.

Either way, this recipe has a pleasantly short ingredient list, comes together in a flash, and provides a meaty, substantial meal that will keep you full.







































Shepherd's Pie
adapted from Real Simple magazine, January 2010

5 medium red potatoes, quartered
1 T butter
1/4 cup milk
spoonful of sour cream
OR equivalent amount of instant mashed potatoes (about 4 cups prepared)

1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
16-ounce bag frozen mixed veggies (ours had corn, lima beans, peas, and carrots)
OR 2 cups fresh, chopped veggies of your choice

Preheat oven to 400*F.

Boil potatoes for about 15 minutes or until fork-tender or prepare instant mashed potatoes.

Meanwhile, brown ground beef. Add Worcestershire sauce and ketchup (use more for more of a saucy meat mixture, less for a mixture that is only lightly flavored), and season with S&P. Stir in mixed veggies. Pour into a 9x13 baking dish.

Drain potatoes; return to pot. Add butter, milk, and sour cream, and mash until desired consistency (add more milk for a creamier mash). Spoon mashed potatoes onto ground-beef mixture and spread until covered.

Bake for 20 minutes or until tops of potatoes are nicely browned.


8 comments:

  1. This is such old-fashioned comfort food! Dad loves this one-dish meal with (of course) melted cheddar on top! I'm gonna add this to our weekend menu list. :)

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    1. Melted cheddar is such a good idea! I hadn't even thought of that. Thanks, Mom!

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  2. Claire- Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm the same way...I always wish more people would comment and then I go and look at a bajillion blogs without saying anything! Oh the irony. We were in the same ward in the Enclave I believe- I'm not sure if you remember or not, but I'm so glad you stopped by. You have such a sweet little family now! I'm loving your blog! Keep posting!

    P.S. This recipe looks delicious!

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    1. Jessica, saying "We have a ton of mutual friends" was just my way of feeling out whether or not you know who the heck I am. So there you go! Glad I'm not AS weird of a blog stalker as I thought.

      Thank you for your comment. They really do mean so much, don't they? I'll try to be better at responding to your posts too. Enjoy your baby countdown!

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  3. like you, i too go off and on with cooking. AND have a love-hate relationship with blogging. but i always love when you're on board with blogging! keep being the claire we all love.

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    1. Sarah, the last part of your comment has literally been ringing through my head all day. Thank you for your kindness. You're one of the coolest, most interesting people I've ever met. For real.

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  4. Love your handwriting Claire! You should post more with it! Haha :)

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    1. Thanks, Christine! Isn't it funny how our handwriting flattens and straightens and gets loopier or neater or messier over the years? I used to be meticulous about every letter--now I have finally embraced the scrawl. And I love it. A lot more writing gets done.

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