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Shepherd's Pie: Foodie Friday


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Shepherd's Pie with Salad

This is a recipe I have been winging for years. It is the perfect thing to do with leftover potatoes, especially if you happen to have some ground beef on hand.  Thanks to this blog I finally had an excuse to write it down. Now maybe my children will be able to make it too.

Shepherd’s Pie
By Diane Balch

prep: 20 minutes Serves: 4-6


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion chopped 
2 carrots chopped 
2 celery sticks chopped 
1/2 cup frozen peas
1-1.5 pounds of ground beef or lamb
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 garlic clove chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
Left over mashed potatoes thinned with milk ( more or less the equivalent of 4 potatoes)
1/4 cup or more of shredded cheddar cheese *optional
1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2) In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons of the oil on medium high heat.
3) Sauté onions, carrots, celery, garlic and add peas near the end. Salt and pepper. Put vegetables aside in a bowl.
4) Heat 1 tablespoon of oil on medium high heat add meat, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Break up meat and cook until it is no longer pink. Then add tomato paste to the meat and mix it in well so it covers all of the meat.
5) With a slotted spoon, add vegetables to the meat and put mixture into a 8x8 inch pyrex pan or deep dish pie pan. 
6) Heat mashed potatoes in microwave for 1 minute and add enough milk to make them spreadable.
7) Cover the meat/vegetable mixture with the mashed potatoes. Use a spatula to spread the potatoes. Sprinkle cheese on top and cook for about 10 minutes or until top browns.
8) Let Sheperd’s Pie sit for 15 minutes before you serve it.

Please check out the great food that this recipe is shared with on: The Newly Weds Wed Recipe LinkySlightly Indulgent Tuesdays @ SS& GS and click on: Food Parties.

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  1. I haven't made a Shepherds pie in a long time! You add much more to yours though. I tend to keep it pretty simple with green beans on the bottom, then the ground beef mixed usually with ketchup, and potatoes and cheese on top. It's probably one of the few recipes I don't really add any spices too.

    1. Try this recipe it really isn't complicated but the Worcestershire sauce really heightens the flavor and the tomato paste keeps it from being runny.

  2. Thanks for hosting. Have a tasty weekend.

  3. Thanks for visiting Gluten Free A-Z Blog and inviting me to link my Mediteranean Roasted Eggplant Spread. I am especially happy you introduced me to your blog. I lovee it and will be back for Foodie Fridays and I just signed up as an email subscriber. Can't wait to start looking through your recipes.

    1. So glad I found your blog too. I am actually on a wheat free diet for hopefully 6 mths only, may have an intolerance so I could use your recipes.

  4. Diane,
    I forgot to mention that I read your bio, and I am an English Teacher too..

    1. Too funny, do you know the blog "At the Red Table" http://www.attheredtable.com/ She has a masters degree in poetry. Doesn't all great writing come from a great meal? Or maybe a great drink?

  5. Gidday Diane. Thanks for hosting. I love Shepherd's Pie and it's definitely time for that type of food downunder.

    Anne xx

  6. Your Sheperds Pie looks awesome! Hope you have a great week end and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  7. thanks for the party

    gotta go bake my tart:)


    1. OK, now your late... Friday not Saturday with Dorie. Tell me how it comes out.

  8. Thanks for hosting and stopping by to see me! Have a good weekend. Oh, and just wanted to share my pasta making with you...seeing we have similar backgrounds :-)


    1. Thanks so much... my grandma never had a pasta recipe to pass down. It was always different depending on the weather and how the dough felt. Great to find you.

  9. The tea ring is beautiful. Great features from last week. Thanks for hosting. It's been years since I've had Shepherd's Pie--thanks for the reminder.

    1. It is so hard to choose features.. we have been getting incredible recipes, but I agree the tea ring is just beautiful. I want to have a ladies brunch just for an excuse to serve it.

  10. Thanks so much for the invitation to join your party! I've linked up my simple Hummus Among Us Recipe (#37). It's easy to make, requires few ingredients and it's tasty and good for you! Thanks for hosting the party and have a great day!

    1. So glad I found you... I looked at a few of your recipes and we are definitely on the same wave length. Hope to see you back next week.

  11. Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:

    1. Thanks so much, I shared my Scarole and Beans with you this week.

  12. Thank you for inviting me to join your party! I love Shephards Pie, and expecially like the idea of making it with lamb instead of beef.

    1. I have a lamb stew recipe on this blog from 2 weeks ago that is outrageously delicious. I never cooked with lamb and loved it. Thanks for coming see you next week.

  13. Diane,

    Thanks so much for hosting! Your Shepherds Pie looks delicious. Have a great week.

  14. yum! You're Shepherd's Pie looks great! My mom makes this, and it's a food we look forward to in the winter...great comfort food! Thanks for linking to Must Try Monday.

  15. Love your shepherd's pie! Southern Sundays linky party is going on right now. I'd love it if you would like up this excellent dish.

    I just linked up my spice meatballs with saucy tomatoes. Hope to see you there! www.asliceofsouthern.blogspot.com

  16. This looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  17. Hi Diane,
    This is an awesome Shepherds Pie, it looks delicious! Hope you have a great holiday week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  18. Looks insanely yummy. Thanks for sharing at our party.

  19. Thanks for sharing this awesome Shepherds Pie on Southern Sundays! Have a great weekend!

  20. Shepherd's Pie is such wonderful comfort food. It's a favourite dish in England where I live. Your recipe sounds delicious!

  21. Shepperd pie looks delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  22. Diane,
    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great week.



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