Shepherd’s Pie

Shep 3If you wondering what to do with the beef stock you made. . .

Hearty and satisfying–this is great for an easy weekend meal while watching football or make ahead for a no fuss weeknight dinner.  Whether you choose ground lamb, beef, bison, venison or turkey it’s packed full of protein, veggies and excellent with either white or sweet potatoes. Get creative and let me know your favorite.

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Prep the veggies and put the taters on to boil

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Melt the fat over medium heat in a large cast iron skillet or dutch oven; add the onions and carrots, cover and cook until tender — about 5 minutes.

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Add the lamb or other meat

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And the mushrooms and cook until the meat is no longer pink and the mushrooms have softened.

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Add the tomato paste, thyme, marjoram, salt and pepper and beef stock and bring to a simmer. Add the arrowroot or cornstarch dissolved in cold water to the meat mixture, bring to a very slight boil and cook stirring constantly until slightly thickened — about a minute.

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Place in a buttered casserole dish

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Mash your potatoes adding butter, salt & pepper and enough raw milk or broth to yield a nice spreading consistency.  I personally prefer a hand held potato masher to a mixer as it leaves a few lumps.  Carefully place dollops of the potatoes on the top the filling

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Taking care to spread evenly and sealing at the edges. Sprinkle with paprika and add a little butter. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 or until bubbly and the top is slightly golden.

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Enjoy!

Recipe & Ingredients
1 1/2 lbs ground lamb (pastured)*
2 tbs healthy fat (tallow, lard, coconut oil)
1 medium organic onion, chopped
3 organic carrots, chopped
8 oz fresh organic mushrooms, sliced
1 tbs tomato paste (no added junk)
½ tsp thyme
½ tsp marjoram
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup beef stock (homemade preferred)
1 tbs. arrowroot powder or non GMO cornstarch
2 tbs cold water
*pastured ground beef, bison or venison may be substituted
Potato topping
3 cups white potatoes
Butter or ghee to taste
Broth or raw milk
Paprika, if desired
Variation: I’ve also made this with ground turkey and sweet potatoes. Slightly sweet but a nice change of pace

Preparation
In a large cast iron skillet or Dutch oven heat fat over medium heat. Add onions and carrots; reduce heat, cover and cook until tender—about 5 minutes. Add the ground meat and mushrooms and cook until the meat is no longer pink and the mushrooms are slightly tender. Add the tomato paste, thyme, marjoram, salt and pepper and beef stock and bring to a simmer.
Stir the cold water into the arrowroot or cornstarch powder until dissolved. Add to the meat mixture until slightly thickened—about 1 minute taking care to not overcook.
Meanwhile cook the potatoes in water on a low boil until tender. Add butter or ghee to taste along with a little broth or raw milk for a nice spreadable consistency.
Place in a lightly buttered 2 quart baking dish. Add in the meat mixture, top with the potato mixture taking care to spread evenly and seal to the edges. Sprinkle w/ paprika and add a couple dollops of butter.*
Bake at 375 about 30 minutes or until bubbly and the potatoes are just slightly golden.
Serves 4 – 6
*You can prep to this stage and refrigerate for up to 2 days for an easy make ahead weeknight meal. Do allow the casserole dish to set at room temperature for an hour before placing in the oven.

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7 Responses to Shepherd’s Pie

  1. Woah… This is happening TONIGHT!

  2. Guillermo

    Ufff that looks tasty! Here in Argentina we cook something like that called “Pastel de papas” (Potato cake) but it’s made with cow. Time to start trying other meats. Oh, at the top, we usually use cheese, and do the same baking till it’s golden.

  3. Shepard’s pie is my favorite!

  4. its happening….

    real time, going in the oven…

  5. @luke I am impressed. Did you make that or did Ashley? And if that’s a gas stove I’m jealous.

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