This time of year, I love warm comfort food. My favourite is Shepard’s pie. It’s easy to make, easy to double batch for a quick fix meal at another time, and its super filling. There are many different ways to make Shepard’s pie. You can add left over vegetables from your fridge, add your favourite spices, etc. and still come out with an amazing product! I made this meal last night for dinner and my family gobbled it up! My DD1 is showing signs of being a vegetarian (she spits out meat every time she is given it!), but last night I mixed it all together and I couldn’t get the spoon loaded fast enough!
500 g of ground meat
You can use chicken, pork or beef. Last night I used pork for the first time. With all the beef recalls and the fact that the grocery store was out of ground beef, pushed me in that direction. Surprisingly it added a unique flavor to this traditional meal!
8 large potatoes
Peeled, washed and cut into inch by inch cubes
2 cups of vegetables
I used a can of corn and left over frozen peas from the night before. You can used whatever you’d like. Carrots, tomatoes, beans are also good. It depends on what your family loves to eat and what you having hiding in your cupboards, fridge and freezer.
1/2 a medium onion
Peeled and chopped into tiny pieces. You can add more or less depending on your love for onion
2 tbsp of gravy mix
I used Veloutine because it contains rice flour instead of regular flour. Having Celiac disease, I have to be careful what is in the products I consume.
2/3 cup of cold water
2 Tbsp margarine or butter
1/4 cup of milk
2 cups grated cheese
I used cheddar because its a staple in my house! Any kind will do.
a pinch of Spice
My family loves the taste of garlic so I used garlic powder (you could substitute with a garlic clove instead!), oregano, sea salt, and black pepper.
The HOW TO:
1. In a large pot, place chopped up potatoes and cover with water. Put the pot on the stove, on medium high heat until the potatoes are soft.
2. Cook meat and onions on high until meat is brown. Drain extra juice.
3. Add Veloutine to the water and stir until they are well blended. Add to meat and onions.
4. Bring meat and gravy mixture to a boil.
5. Transfer meat mixture to an oven safe container and spread evenly over the bottom.
6. On top of meat mixture, add vegetables. Spread evenly.
7. When potatoes are soft, add margarine and milk then mash until they are a fluffy smooth consistency.
8. Add potatoes on top of the vegetables.
9. Grate cheese and sprinkle evenly over the potatoes.
10. Preheat oven to 350 F and bake mixture for 10 minutes or until cheese melts.
11. Serve and enjoy!