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Sheppard’s Pie

#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio

Sheppard’s Pie / Cottage Pie
by James Belardo

Today it’s called Sheppard’s Pie but it was originally called Cottage Pie. Sheppard’s Pie referred to the version made with mutton. Cottage Pie was first made by blue collar workers who used their leftovers like roast beef (or mutton – hence the ‘Sheppard’s Pie’) and potatoes to make a quick and hearty meal.

Interestingly, it’s known as ‘Pâté Chinois’ in Quebec, Canada (French). It was served to the mostly Chinese rail workers during the 19th century. It was easy to prepare and tasted so good that the native Quebecer workers began making the recipe at home.

Ingredients
1.5 – 2 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
1 carrot diced
1/2 green pepper
1/2 red pepper
1/2 cup cremini mushrooms, diced
1/3 cup peas
1/3 cup corn
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
oregano (preferably fresh) (1 tsp dry)
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) or 1 hot pepper, diced – optional
Salt and Pepper – to taste
Flat Leaf Parsley
olive oil
1/4 – 1/2 cup beef stock, a stout like Guinness or potato water

Mashed Potatoes
2-3 large potatoes, cut into small cubes and boiled (do NOT remove skins)
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup Sour Cream
Salt and Pepper to taste
Parsley
a bit of potato water

Top
Cheddar cheese

Directions

Potatoes (boil while making the filling)
1. Boil cubed potatoes and remove from water when soft (reserve 1-2 cups of the potato water)

2. add butter and sour cream, then mash!
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - Butter + sour cream for potatoes

3. Add freshly chopped parsley, salt and pepper with some potato water (about 1/4 cup or so).
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - Parsley + s&p #Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - Add some potato water

Filling

1. Sauté onions, garlic and hot peppers in 2-3 tbsp olive oil.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - sauté onions garlic + hot pepper

2. When the onions begin to show transparency and the garlic softens add the diced carrots.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - add carrots

3. When the carrots soften, add the ground beef.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - add the meat

4. When the beef sufficiently cooks add the diced peppers.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - add the peppers

5. When the peppers soften, add the mushrooms and let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - add Cremini mushrooms

6. Once the ground beef mixture has been simmering for 5-10 minutes, add the butter.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - add butter

7. When the butter melts, add 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - Worcestershire

8. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes before adding  the oregano (preferably fresh but dried will do), salt and pepper.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - Fresh oregano + s&p

9. Mix in the peas and corn, let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - Peas and Corn

10. Add the the parsley, mix well.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - A bit of parsley, turn off heat

11. Finally, add a bit of beef stock, a stout like Guinness or potato water and let simmer for 10 minutes or so.

Assembly
1. Place meat in baking pan and add a bit of beef stock, a stout like Guinness or potato water.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - Meat in pan and add some potato water

2. Cover with the creamy mashed potatoes
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - Scoop mashed potatoes on top #Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - Cover completely

3. Add the shredded cheddar cheese on top.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - Top w/some cheddar

4. Pre-heat oven 375F and bake for 30-45 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.
#Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio - Pop in oven at 375F #Homemade #SheppardsPie #CucinaDelloZio

Enjoy!

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September 14, 2015 at 4:54 PM

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