Shepherd’s Pie

There are a jillion recipes out there for shepherd’s pie, so I thought I would give this one a try. It doesn’t have any peas in it, so there is hope that the youngest member of our family will like it. 🙂

4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
5 carrots, chopped
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef, turkey or chicken
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ketchup
3/4 cup beef broth
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash. Mix in butter, finely chopped onion and 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add carrots and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, mash with the backside of a wooden spoon and set aside.

Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add onion and cook until clear. Add ground beef and cook until well browned. Pour off excess fat, then stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add ketchup and beef broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Spread the ground beef in an even layer on the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. Next, spread a layer of mashed carrots. Top with the mashed potato mixture and sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Did I change anything? I used chicken broth instead of beef broth.

What did the family think? I am making it this afternoon so it is ready to go in the oven when we get home from baseball practice tonight at 7:15. Here’s what I think will happen…Hubby and I will love it. Our oldest will eat everything but the potatoes (unless he deems then cheesy enough, then he will eat them) and our youngest will pitch a fit and then slowly realize that it’s actually pretty good. He will avoid the potatoes at all costs though. ****Update: Yep, I pretty much hit it on the nose.


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  1. Your boys sound so much like mine! I cant wait to try this variation of shepherd’s pie! Thanks!

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