Thursday, June 28, 2012

Shepherd's Pie

Tonight was meat and potato night for the boys. I thought I would go back to an old standby I used to make.  I think the first time I ever had Shepherd's Pie, I was living in an apartment and my kids were babies 18 years ago. I had a bunch of girlfriend stay at home Mom's that lived in the same complex. Those were tough but good times. All of our babies were the same age. We would exchange affordable recipes because every penny counted. I was given this one to try. It is a simple hearty meal that pleases the troops. If you are Vegetarian, you can simply change out the pound of meat for 16 ounces of cooked black beans. Enjoy! 
Gluten Free Shepherd's Pie
adapted by Chew Town
1 tbs olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled, finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
2 cups beef stock
1 tbsp dried oregano
3 sprigs of thyme
1 tbsp Parsley
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp gluten free soy sauce -or- braggs amino acids
2 tbsp tomato paste
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
6 large Russet potatoes, peeled, chopped
4 TBSP Butter
1/2 cup milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large saucepan heat olive oil and add onion, carrot and celery and cook until the onion becomes transparant. 
Add the ground beef and cooked until browned.
Add stock, oregano, parsley, thyme leaves, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, tomato paste, salt and pepper and mix well. Transfer mixture to a pie dish, cover with foil and bake in oven for 1 hour.
While the mixture is in the oven cook potato in a saucepan of salted boiling water until tender. Drain well and return to the pot mashing until smooth. Add butter and milk and stir well till completely incorporated. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Remove the dish from oven and increase temperature to 400 degrees. Discard foil and top the mixture with mashed potatoes.  
Return the pie to the oven uncovered and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until mashed potato is golden. 
Serve immediately.

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