February 17, 2011
Creamy Mushroom & Beef Shepherds Pie
Bubbley crispy gooood.
I decided to make an actual recipe I make, instead of my usual culinary improv. This is how I make sheperds pie. I’ve always hated the super dry hunk of ground beef, sparsely specked with frozen veggie cubes, topped with grainy potato goo. So this is how I’ve adapted.
- 1 lb ish of ground beef, pref lean
- 1/2 medium sized onion, finely chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped (or a few baby carrots chopped like I used)
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 of an Anaheim pepper chopped (this is a very mild chili pepper, you can use bell if you want)
- 1 cup, roughly chopped mushrooms
- 1/2 beef stock
- 1 can condensed mushroom soup
- salt + pepper to taste
- 5 large russet potatoes, peeled
*boil potatoes in a large pot of salted water, mash to your liking. I just added some butter and milk. But you can add cream, cheese, fresh herbs, bacon, anything you like to this! Customization! – Set aside for later*
Begin by sauteing the ground beef, add the onion, garlic and carrot. Sautee for a few minutes.
Add mushrooms and anaheim pepper. Cook until mushroom has softened slightly.
I generally prefer beef stock for this, but my mother gave me some Polish mushroom stock I needed to use. Look at this dude! 1 cube plus 1/2 cup water, pour into mixture in pan and deglaze.
Add mushroom soup mix. If it seems a bit too thick, add an additional 1/2 a can full of water.
Place meat mixture in a casserole dish, and top with mashed potatoes. I piped mine on with a large star tip. The more surface area you have, the more chance of browned delicious bits! You can also achieve this with a fork. Note: Be careful when piping hot mashed potatoes, my haste and impatience lead to burny discomfort.
Bake in a 400 degree oven, uncovered for 15-20 minutes. You don't need to bake this that long, as the filling is pretty much cooked already. You can broil this at the end if you wish. I ALWAYS broil everything at the end. For flavour and aesthetics!