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World's Best Shepherd Pie

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 7:27 AM
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 I found this recipe at familyfun.go.com.  I have never even eaten shepherds pie before, but it sounds to me like a big bowl from KFC.  Here's the recipe.

Ingredients:

Filling- 1 1/2 cups of frozen corn kernels, 2 tablespoons of butter, 1 large onion chopped, 1 stalk of celery chopped, 1 1/4 pounds of ground beef, 1 clove of garlic minced, 2 tablespoons of flour, 1 cup of beef broth, 1 cup of diced canned tomatoes or crushed tomatoes in puree, 1 teaspoon of dried thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of dried rosemary, 1 1/2 teaspoons of worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste

Topping- 6 cups of peeled and chopped potatoes, 1 to 1 1/2 cups of grated white cheddar cheese, 4 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 cup of sour cream, 1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk, 2 teaspoons of salt, paprika and salt to taste

Directions:

1) Cook the corn according to the directions.  Drain and set aside.

2) Boil the potatoes with a little salt.  Should take about 10 to 13 minutes.

3) Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the celery and onions and stir often for about 5 to 6 minutes.

4) Add the beef to the pan and break it up as it browns.  Once done, tilt slightly and spoon out the fat.  You can do this easier by setting the pan on a heat proof surface and tilting there.

5) Put the skillet back on the burner and set heat to medium low.  Stir the garlic and flour into the beef mixture.  Stir in the beef broth.  Then the canned tomatoes.  Then the herbs, corn, and worcestershire sauce.

6) Gently simmer for a few minutes partially covered.  Add salt and pepper to taste then transfer the mixture to a large buttered casserole dish.  Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Check the potatoes to make sure they are done.

7)  Drain the potatoes.  Add butter and sour cream and mix.

8) Slowly add enough milk to soften the potatoes, just don't over do it.  You want them to have some body.

9) Salt the potatoes to taste.  Spoon over the casserole dish covering the filling evenly.  Sprinkle the cheese and paprika.  Bake for about 20 minutes, until the top is golden brown.  Cool several minutes before serving.  Makes about 5 or 6 servings.

Be real and unashamed.  Even of your faults.  -Amy Bloom

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