Where are all my Shepherd’s at? Pie

I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t make another Mexican meal. I mean, I could eat Mexican every night, but I thought it was time to branch out and try something new. I was hungry for mashed potatoes and I had ground turkey at home, so I thought I would experiment and try to make Shepherd’s Pie. To be honest, the only time I’ve ever had Shepherd’s Pie was at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. That might be embarrassing, but I don’t care. It was delicious then, and even better at home.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Ground meat (I chose turkey because it’s what I had, but traditional this is made with ground beef or lamb. Use what you have or you like)
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Worcestershire sauce (Tablespoonish)
  • Beef broth (1 cup, add more if it looks dry)
  • Tomato paste (I used about a tablespoon but this was all eyeballed, I didn’t follow a recipe)
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Potatoes

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Firstly, make mashed potatoes the normal way. You know, boil potatoes in water, drain them, mash them with some butter, milk, salt and pepper. While the potatoes are boiling, start sauteing the carrots, onions and garlic in a little olive oil until they are translucent with a little salt and pepper.

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Next, cook your meat. That’s pretty simple.

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Add your peas, tomato paste, Italian seasoning and beef broth. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 10-12 minutes.

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At this point, your potatoes should be done and your meat mixture is done. All you have to do is throw it together. And by throw it together, dump it all in a baking dish.

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Top it with the mashed potatoes, I took a fork and fluffed it a bit so the top would get nice and crispy. I also added a little paprika to the top for some color.

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Stick it in the oven at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes and it’ll come out looking, and smelling, delicious. I love the crispy corner pieces. I might have claimed all of them. I made it, I can do that.

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There ya go. About as close as you can get to the Shepherd’s Pie from Universal Studios, or a pub in England.

~Erica

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