Shepherd's Pie Any Day
Among many other things St. Patrick's Day is also good for reminding me that we don't have enough Shepherd's Pie in our lives...and because I'm impulsive that means I need some this instant...and with the help of some time savers, shortcuts and simplified ingredients I will have pie on the table tonight: a PIE IN A PAN (my large cast iron pan)
GAME PLAN is to START BY getting potatoes in a pot then in a large pan to prepare the ground beef so that by the time it's left to simmer you can GO BACK to the potatoes and then TOP OFF the meat before FINISHING in oven for a quick bake.
Here we go...
- toss potatoes in pot, cover with water and turn on heat to get boiling *remember that the smaller the potatoes are cut the faster they will boil off
- [while waiting for potatoes] in large pan saute half an onion in olive oil
- brown ground beef *2 lbs or enough to later the bottom of the pan [optional: remove fat by dabbing with paper towel]
- sprinkle cooked beef with flour and mix*combined with beef fat is a faux roux will help to thicken sauce
- add one packet of beefy onion soup mix and mix
- add enough water to almost cover, lower heat and let simmer *avoid dropping the temp of the pan by nuking the water
- add layer of frozen mixed vegetables (peas, corn, carrots) *timesaver/shortcut
- [return to potatoes] drain water from pot
- add heavy cream or milk; margarine/butter; garlic salt; chopped fresh green onion
- mash to desired consistency
- Add spoonfuls of mashed potatoes to center of pan and spread out toward the edges
- Place in oven at 450 for 15 mins
- Let stand for 15 mins to cool and, similar to a grilled steak, "rest"
Between the four of us we finished half of the pan with Daddy and big bro having second helpings which tells me I may need to keep pans of this in the freezer on standby *wink wink*.