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Shepherd's Pie

This is a recipe that is originally from Rachael Ray that I have adapted a little to make it my own. My boyfriend absolutely loves this dish! He’s always happy to hear when it’s on the menu for the week. It’s really versatile, you can switch and add different meat or vegetable choices to customize it to what you like. Some of the vegetable variations I have used are to add mushrooms, celery, bell pepper, etc. in addition to the carrot and onion, and I often make it with ground turkey or ground turkey breast to make it more healthy. The recipe that I have here is an adapted one, you can find the original recipe here:,,FOOD_9936_22590,00.htm...


2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed (I sometimes leave the skin on)
2 Tablespoons light sour cream
1 Large egg yolk (I omit this most times, takes out unnecessary cholesterol)
½ cup cream, ( I make it lighter by just adding a couple splashes of skim milk or you can use broth)
Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 Tablespoon olive oil (EVOO!)
1 package (1 lb-1 ½ lbs) 93% lean ground sirloin (the original recipe calls for 1 ¾ lb ground beef, my grocery store never has a package that size in the leanest meat so I make up for it by adding more vegetables)
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
¼ lb (4oz) sliced mushrooms
2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced (feel free to omit or lessen, WE LOVE GARLIC!)
½ cup frozen peas, a couple handfuls

3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons flour
1 can (14.5oz), or 1 ¾ cups, beef broth
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, just eyeball it

1 teaspoon sweet paprika
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Start by boiling the potatoes until they are tender, about 12 min. I just start them in the beginning and let them cook until I’m ready to assemble the mashed potato topper. Drain the potatoes and place them back into the pot you cooked them in. Add the sour cream, egg, and cream. Mash the potatoes until they are almost smooth.

While the potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet on Medium High heat. Add the oil to the pan and the meat. Season with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble for about 4 minutes. If the meat is too fatty, spoon off the excess.

Add the chopped carrot, onion, mushrooms, and garlic and cook the veggies with the meat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Preheat the Broiler.

In a second small skillet over medium heat cook the butter and the flour together for 2 minutes until incorporated into a roux. Whisk in the broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken the gravy for about 1 minute until is reached a desired consistency.

Add the gravy to the meat and vegetables. Stir in the peas. Fill a casserole dish with the mixture.

Spoon the potatoes over the meat evenly and top with the paprika. Broil the potatoes 6-8 inches away from the heat until they are browned lightly. Top the dish with the parsley and serve.

This what it looks like inside. Enjoy!

lauraruns lauraruns 6 years 20 weeks
This recipe is delicious. My family loves it!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years 45 weeks
a comfort food favorite
mellie_608 mellie_608 8 years 47 weeks
pinkangelmonkey - I'm glad you liked it! It's the best recipe because you CAN tweak it! I've tried it so many ways and it always turns out well!
radarkitty radarkitty 8 years 47 weeks
I am so happy that you ALL spelled Shepherd right!! :woohoo: Some of you know how that's a huge pet peeve of mine for personal reasons. :) You think being that it's my name, I would like Shepherd's pie...but I don't.
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 8 years 47 weeks
I finally made this last night and it turned out really good mellie. I tweaked it a smidge by cheating and using gravy packets and canned mushrooms and I added corn to it too. It was delicious thanks for the great recipe!
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 9 years 2 days
oh yeah sticky. i feel like that sketch off blue collar comedy tv where they put gravy on everything...that is me! mmmm gravy! especially gravy fries!!! :drool:
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years 2 days
I bet that would be really good. Mmm, gravy makes everything better.
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 9 years 2 days
sorry layla i did mean packet. i like shortcuts when i can take them! i do like the beef gravy flavor i just dont know if i'd be better off not taking that shortcut.
LaylaCams LaylaCams 9 years 2 days
flavor of the gravy is what I meant to say.
LaylaCams LaylaCams 9 years 2 days
What do you mean instant gravy? Out of a jar or a packet? I've only tried a packet, but I'm sure if you like the flavor of the beef it'll be fine.
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 9 years 2 days
im wondering if it will taste as good with instant gravy as a shortcut! i cant do instant potatoes im too spoiled. :raspberry: or too picky! im going to have to try this cheddar on top because i have cheddar! mmmm corn and green beans sound good. im totally wanting the mushrooms in there! :drool:
LaylaCams LaylaCams 9 years 2 days
I put cheddar cheese on top of mine too, CMS! It's so yummy. I also add a packet of brown gravy to it. Either way, it's totally yummy
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years 2 days
It's basically the same, except for the topping and that I don't use heavy cream. I use peas, carrots, onion powder (don't like big chunks of onions), some kind of green veggie like spinach, broccoli, or green beans, and corn if I have it. Just brown the meat, drain, add either a can of soup or the cream/milk & broth, thicken it up if it needs it, throw it in a pan, and top it with instant potatoes if you don't feel like making them from scratch. mellie's looks prettier than mine, but they sound pretty similar. Just tweak it to your liking and use your favorite veggies. Soooo hungry all of a sudden.
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 9 years 2 days
haha so many times i get aggravated and dont know what i want to cook then i see an amazing recipe in here and im like oh ok thats what im having! hahaha sticky is your shepherds pie recipe similar? i decided im definitely making that for dinner!!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years 2 days
What's worse, I use like half a container of sour cream when I eat it. :drool: Dammit, I guess I know what's for dinner. :grumblystomach:
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 9 years 2 days
:drool: mmmm sticky!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years 2 days
Yeah squeaky, after you assemble it, just bake it at 350 for 15 minutes or so to melt the cheese.
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 9 years 2 days
:drool: cheddar cheese! :drool:
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years 2 days
Instead of paprika and parsley, I use cheddar cheese. And I use either chicken stock + milk or a can of cream of chicken soup (depending on how much of a hurry I'm in) with ground turkey. I love shepherd's pie!
pinkangelmonkey pinkangelmonkey 9 years 3 days
i just favorited this. i was just wandering about a shepherds pie recipe so im super excited. this looks soooo good!!
Food Food 9 years 3 days
looks great, love the step by step photos too!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years 3 days
Great pics!! Looks delicious! :drool:
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years 3 days
yum! i love the fresh parsley on top! looks like the one they serve at cheesecake factory! would brown the potatoes more but that's my preference, yum!
partysugar partysugar 9 years 3 days
I've adapted the same recipe to my own liking as well, looks delish!
MotoLinz MotoLinz 9 years 4 days
Great post! I remember my mom making this when I was a wee lass. This recipe looks delicious. :)