Shepherd’s Pie With A Sunny Corn Twist

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Shepherd’s pie is a hearty and satisfying dish that’s perfect for a cozy night in. It’s traditionally made with ground lamb, but you can easily substitute ground beef or a combination of both. This recipe adds a touch of sweetness and crunch with corn, making it a family favorite.

Ingredients:

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1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef (or a combination)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

    2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.

    3. Add ground meat to the pan and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned. Drain any excess fat.

    4. Stir in thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Cook for an additional minute.

    5. Add diced tomatoes, beef broth, corn, and Worcestershire sauce to the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.

    6. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and cold water. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the meat mixture and cook until thickened, about 1 minute.

    7. Transfer the meat mixture to the prepared baking dish.

    8. In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well.

    9. Mash the potatoes with milk and butter until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    10. Spread the mashed potatoes over the meat mixture in the baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if using.

    11. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.

    12. Let cool slightly before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Calories: 500

  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 600mg
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Please note: These nutrition facts are estimates only and may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Conclusion

    Shepherd’s pie is a delicious and affordable meal that’s perfect for feeding a crowd. It’s easy to customize with your favorite vegetables and herbs, and the leftovers can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner the next day. So next time you’re looking for a comforting dish to warm you up from the inside out, give shepherd’s pie a try!

    FAQs:

    1. Can I use ground turkey instead of lamb or beef?

    Absolutely! Ground turkey is a leaner option that works well in shepherd’s pie. You may want to add a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan before browning the turkey to prevent it from drying out.

    2. What other vegetables can I add to this recipe?

    There are endless possibilities! Some great options include carrots, peas, green beans, or mushrooms. You can also add a cup of frozen mixed vegetables for a quick and easy addition.

    3. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

    Yes, you can! Assemble the shepherd’s pie up to 2 days in advance and store it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to bake, simply preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until heated through.

    4. What can I serve with shepherd’s pie?

    Shepherd’s pie is a hearty dish that can be served on its own. However, if you’re looking for a side dish, roasted vegetables, a green salad, or crusty bread are all great options.

    5. Do I have to use Parmesan cheese?