Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Shepherd's Pie

I just made this dish tonight with all the leftover veggies and potatoes, including one and a half pounds of lean ground beef, a cup of shredded cheddar and paprika to top it off. Here's a complete list of the ingredients:

6-8 medium potatoes, cut in pieces and boiled to be mashed (boil with 2 cloves of garlic and some leek or onion for more flavour)
1 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef fried with olive oil and:
1-2 chopped onions, 1 red pepper, 1/2 cup vegetarian broth (or beef broth); when the meat is browned, add any vegetables left in your fridge (chopped cabbage, corn, peas, carrots, etc.)
Add 2-3 tablespoons of flour to the mixture to thicken it; allow it to cool and spoon it into a baking dish
Mashed potatoes (with a little cream and butter) can be added to cover the top of the meat and veggie mixture. Sprinkle the top with paprika and shredded cheddar and/or mozzarella

Other variations to this recipe:
For some spice, add some cayenne or chili pepper to the meat while cooking.
Fresh dill or parsley can be mixed in with the potatoes when mashing

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