Ok, so I'm *not* going to be blogging about a lot of deeply personal stuff... and really, shepherd's pie isn't exactly "personal", but I couldn't get over the (positive) reactions to my shepherd's pie yesterday (no, really, that's not some weird euphemism, we are talking ground meat and potatoes!) So for posterity's sake (or something), the I thought I'd share the recipe.
1. About a pound of ground beef (which I had on hand and *seriously* needed to use! Yours, of course, could be fresh as daisies.)
2. A dozen small potatoes. I chop mine in half and toss them into a pot with boiling water, no muss, no fuss.
3. A stick of butter (for the potatoes once they're cooked)
4. Some milk... I dunno, maybe half a cup--I eyeball it.
5. Ditto on the paprika, but I like it a lot, so probably a good teaspoon went into the meat as it was browning.
6. I threw in some garlic powder because I was too lazy to chop up a clove of garlic, but that would work, too.
7. A good dash of dill (love dill!)
8. A bag of frozen veggies--I happened to have half a bag of stir-fry veggies and half a bag of peas and carrots, but I think mixed veg would work pretty well. I wouldn't suggest California mix or anything like that.
9. One pouch of Knorr brown gravy mix--seriously, the only gravy mix I ever buy.
1.Brown the beef with paprika, dill and garlic powder (and anything else you fancy, I suppose.)
2. Add in whatever frozen veggies you like (fresh veg would work too, and would really be my first choice, but I've always got these half-bags left over in my freezer...) I think the important thing was that it was about one to one on the veg to meat ratio and the veggies were all small (i.e. peas, tiny carrot slices, etc.)
3.I put in the gravy mix last--note, I did not make the gravy, I just put in the mix! I added a couple of tablespoons of water to give it a *little* liquid-ness (is that a word?), but *not* a lot. It did *not* have a pot pie consistency (it wasn't gooing gravy all over the place.)
4. Boil the potatoes until tender. Drain. (Really this is going at the same time as the above steps. I put on the potatoes and beef at the same time.)
5. Mash the potatoes with butter and milk. (I suppose you could skip the butter if you wanted, or substitute margarine. When I'm doing special mashed potatoes, I add in garlic and an egg yoke or two, which would also be good here.)
6. Line the bottom of a pie (big) pan with mashed potatoes. Spoon in beef/veg mix. Put more potatoes on top.
8. Listen to more compliments than a pile of left-overs deserved (but I am *not* complaining! And seriously, I had some myself and it was good. There were no left overs and there was a lot more food on the table, so it wasn't like it was shepherd's pie or nothing.)
9.Blog about it the next day! (this step is optional, of course!)