Thursday, June 10, 2010

Shepherd's Pie

Normally I frown upon the use of Rachael Ray recipes because, well, it’s her, but Aaron made this delicious thing and I loved it so much, I was able to deal with it. Plus, he heavily modified the original, so that’s even better. And, credit where credit is due, the mashed potatoes on top rock. We’ve had this three times now and I can’t believe Aaron found a way to get me to eat lamb. He picked it up from a vendor at the farmer’s market and it is so incredible. I have decided that the sheep must have been very well treated, but ugly, so it’s okay for me to eat it. Plus, it tastes really, really good. There’s a bit of prep involved in making this, but comes together rather quickly. It’s also amazing as lunch the next day.

Shepherd’s Pie heavily modified from 30 Minute Meals:

Serves 4

1 lb. potatoes, such as russet, peeled and cubed
Spoonful sour cream
1 large egg yolk
½ c. milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil for pan
1 lb. ground lamb
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
½ onion, chopped
TJ’s gravy
Green beans (fresh or canned)
Cheddar cheese, grated

Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl. Combine sour cream, egg yolk and milk and add mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth.

While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan with lamb. Season meat with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. If the pan is fatty, spoon away some of the drippings. Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook veggies with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Mix in gravy until warm. Mix in cooked green beans and remove from heat.

Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with cheddar cheese and paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned.

Serve and enjoy.

It’s such a warm and homey recipe. Seriously. It’s especially good since it’s been pouring in Portland and even though it’s June, the idea of summer seems so far away. There’s a bit in the fridge still and I might have to go sneak some bites of it right now.
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