Thursday, November 17, 2011

No-Fail Shepherd’s Pie

by Meghann on November 17, 2011

What’s your favorite standby dish?

Mine is my no-fail Shepherd’s Pie. It’s ridiculously easy to make and delicious to eat. The base of the dish may very depending on what ever I have on hand, but the concept always stays the same. ๐Ÿ™‚


First I start with the veggies and ‘meat’ of the pie. This evening it was a couple of carrots, red onion, asparagus, and tempeh. (I’ve used lentils, chicken, ground beef, etc in the past)


I season everything with oregano, thyme, garlic, and pepper, then coat it all with a couple of spoonfuls of flour once the veggies are soft.


Make sure everything is nice and coated.


Next comes the vegetable broth. Usually it takes 2-3 cups to make sure all the veggies are covered.


The broth is brought to a boil for a few minutes, then back to a simmer to allow the gravy to thicken for 5-10 minutes.


While the shepherd pie’s base is simmering, I get to work on the topping – mashed sweet potatoes.


I like my mashed potatoes thick. I steam the sweet potatoes for 5-10 minutes and hand mash them with a masher. No milk needed. ๐Ÿ™‚


When the gravy surrounding the veggies is thick, it’s ready to bake.


The veggies go on the bottom of a standard casserole dish.


(her comes my secret ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Traditionally the cheese goes on top of the potatoes of the shepherd’s pie, but I prefer it under. This way the cheese melts into the veggies and adds an extra level of cheesy yumminess to the dish. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Finally, the sweet potatoes tops everything off.


At this point everything is already cooked. I like to bake it for 15 minutes at 350, just to let everything come together.


The results are amazing. A classic no-fail dish that no one could turn down. I mean how can you say no to mashed sweet potatoes and veggies covered in gravy?!


I thought so. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The portion above was my 1/3 of the pie. Derek finished off the rest. ๐Ÿ™‚

Backing up…

I had leftovers for lunch today (surprise, surprise)


I did get a little creative with the pork. I ripped the last piece apart and heated it up with a little bbq sauce. Consider it my version of a pulled pork sandwich. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Mixed nuts for a mid-afternoon snack.

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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream dessert.


Yum ๐Ÿ™‚

Alright, time for bed.

Good nIght!

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