Shepherds pie

  • Time cooking time: 40-45 minutes total
  • Yield serves 8


    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 medium onions, chopped
    2 cloves of garlic, chopped
    2 pounds ground lean beef
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    3 tablespoons brown sauce mix
    1 cup water
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 cup diced cooked carrots
    1 cup blanched peas
    8 cups freshly mashed potatoes
    1 cup grated Swiss cheese, for topping
    2 tablespoons butter


    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    Make mashed potatoes.
    Heat oil in a heavy skillet. Add onion, ground beef, and garlic.
    Stir and cook over high heat until meat is brown. Add Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, brown gravy mix ( such as Knorr brown sauce mix), water salt, pepper, cooked peas and cooked diced carrots. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes.
    Spread mixture over a large buttered oven-proof casserole dish. Cover with creamy mashed potatoes.
    For a nice presentation, Pipe the mashed potato over meat, using a pastry bag fitted with a large star tube.
    Sprinkle with grated Swiss cheese. Spoon melted butter over cheese. Baked at 400 degrees until golden brown.
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