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Old 05-28-2005, 09:42 PM   #1
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by request: shepherd's pie (lots of pics inside)

sooo my last cooking thread was a success. this time around i made shepherd's pie. this would serve two, i'd say.

you will need:
2 russet potatoes
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 stick of butter (1/4 pound)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup beef stock
2 teaspoons worcestershire
1 teaspoon sweet paprika



first, peel your potatoes.


next, dice them up into fairly small pieces. make sure they're pretty equal in size. place them in a medium saucepan and put just enough water to cover the potatoes. (too much will slow down the boiling process.) bring the potatoes to a boil. salt the water and cover. boil them for about 15 minutes, or until they fall apart when poked with a paring knife (or a butter knife or fork).


in a frying pan, heat a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and the beef over medium heat. cook until brown.


next, chop up the carrots and onion. i used baby carrots because that's what i had on hand. you can add as many carrots and as much onion as you want. if you love onion, you may want to use a whole onion for this recipe.


once the beef is browned, drain excess fat and add the carrots and onion.


at this point the potatoes should be done. drain them and put them back in the saucepan. add the chicken stock, milk, and butter (reserve one tablespoon, this is super important). if you like your mashed potatoes whipped, use a stand or hand mixer. if you like them a bit chunkier, use a potato masher. i like mine whipped so i used my trusty mixer.


whip them until they look like this (or if you're mashing them, they'll be a bit more chunky). do it!!!
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now you did reserve that tablespoon of butter, right? i told you to. ugh, you put the whole stick in the potatoes didn't you? well you better have some more butter or else you can't do this part. take one tablespoon of butter over moderate heat with 1-2 tablespoons of flour. we have to create a roux or the shepherd's pie will attack us.


once it starts bubbling (which means the flour is doing its thang), add your worcestershire and beef stock. whisk to your heart's content!


let the gravy (yeah all right we made gravy!!) come to a simmer and then add it back to the beef and veggies. at this point you would add your peas. i hate peas so i'm not adding them, and you can't make me. turn on your broiler and let the gravy reduce a little.


put everything in a casserole dish or loaf pan and sprinkle on the paprika.


put it in the broiler. let it sit until it starts to brown, or 5-8 minutes.


take it out and serve.
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Nice!

Interesting reading American recipes when you're an Aussie. For example:

No "russet" potatoes in Oz.
Butter comes in thickish slabs of 250 grams
Ground beef = mince
all purpose flour = plain flour
broiler = grill
pounds = kilograms

Man, those pics are making me hungry!
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'cept we make it with corn niblets here instead of carrots.
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That title should have come with a warning to vegetarians! Ground beef scares me.
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Nice!

Interesting reading American recipes when you're an Aussie. For example:

No "russet" potatoes in Oz.
Butter comes in thickish slabs of 250 grams
Ground beef = mince
all purpose flour = plain flour
broiler = grill
pounds = kilograms
That was my thoughts exactly - "the butters anorexic"

Thanks for posting. I'm one of those weird people who is allergic to spuds so its a no go for me. Thanks anyway though. What an excellent idea for a thread.
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That title should have come with a warning to vegetarians! Ground beef scares me.
lol. What did you think Shepherds Pie was?
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lol. What did you think Shepherds Pie was?
There's tons of places that make it without meat. I've had it a lot and it's been all veggies
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I have a vegetarian recipe book (unfortunately in storage) for "Shepherdess Pie" which has a base of brown lentils, onion, any other veg you wish, herbs and some spices, then with the potato topping.
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There's tons of places that make it without meat. I've had it a lot and it's been all veggies
Really? Wow. I dont think I have ever seen a vegie version but as Im allergic to potatos I probably dont pay enough attention. What kind of veggies?
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Really? Wow. I dont think I have ever seen a vegie version but as Im allergic to potatos I probably dont pay enough attention. What kind of veggies?

I don't know what kind I'll eat just about any kind of vegetable so I don't really pay attention. There's a vegetarian brand of frozen food that I buy that has a really good shepard's pie but it's expensive so I rarely buy it. I'll have to look at the ingredients next time I'm at the store. There's a few irish pubs that I go to that have all sorts of different shepard's pies on the menu and quiet a few have a veggie option.
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There's tons of places that make it without meat. I've had it a lot and it's been all veggies
Well that's just outright blasphemy.
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thanks!!

oh man beli how do you survive being allergic to potatoes? i don't think i'd survive. i love potatoes. then again if i were allergic i suppose i would've known early on in life, but i guess i mean if i were to suddenly develop an allergy. french fries are my most favourite food i'd say.

french fries will be the death of me!! :shakes fist at sky:
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I can eat a couple of MacDonalds French Fries and not get sick. Makes me wonder..........
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