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Oct 27, 2011

Shepherd's Pie

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 - 3 c. chopped or small vegetables (carrots, celery, peas, corn)
1 Tb. butter or other oil
2 lbs. red potatoes
1/2 c. milk (or substitute, I used almond milk)
2 Tb. butter (or substitute, I used Earth balance)
1 tsp. baking powder (optional)
1/2 c. beef broth
1 tsp. dried parsley, or other seasoning if desired
salt & pepper to taste

Scrub and trim the potatoes, but don’t peel. Cut and cook until tender.

Drain the potatoes and allow to steam dry for several minutes.

Heat the milk and butter until warm. Add to the potatoes along with the baking power (to make them lighter). Mash vigorously with a hand masher.

While the potatoes are cooking, crumble and cook the ground beef in a skillet. Drain and move the beef to a bowl.

While the beef is cooking, chop the onions and any other vegetables that need chopping (carrots and celery if using).

When the beef is done and removed, add the butter or oil to the skillet. Add to the skillet the vegetables that require the most cooking time such as onions and carrots. Cook until tender, adding other vegetables at the end of cooking time.

When all the vegetables are just tender add the broth, salt, pepper, parsley and the reserved beef. Mix together and simmer about 10 minutes.

Place the beef and vegetable mixture in a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Place the mashed potatoes evenly on top, spreading out to the edges.

Use a fork to create lines and peaks in the potatoes (for nice browning).

Bake at 400° for 30 minutes.

Makes 8 servings

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