This is a Shepherd's Pie recipe, but since we're not shepherds, we've decided to rechristen it "Maker's Pie. It feels more authentic. I always feel like a fraud eating Shepherd's Pie.
At any rate, this is a simple and delicious meat, veggies and potatoes pie, a one dish dinner good during the summer or winter.
Step 1: Ingredients
1 lb. of lean ground beef
Potatoes for mashing (See Nom Nom Mashed Potatoes, or use a mashed potato mix - your pick)
Veggies of choice - we do broccoli, corn, carrots , but peas and/or limas are also good
Onion - 1/2 cup diced
Garlic- 1-2 cloves minced
Salt and Pepper
Step 2: Get Potatoes Started
If you're making up your own mashed potatoes, get those started first, and let your potatoes boil while you're fixing up your meat.
Step 3: Saute Onion and Garlic
In about a tablespoon of olive oil, saute your onion and garlic until translucent and fragrant.
Step 4: Prepare Meat
Add your meat, add Worcestershire sauce and seasonings, and brown thoroughly, stirring to a fine texture as you go.
Step 5: Prepare Vegetables
Dice and chop your veggies.
Step 6: Add Vegetables
Mix in your veggies and put your entire meat and vegetable mix into a 9x9" baking dish.
Step 7: Prepare Mashed Potatoes
Mash 'em up, or Mix 'em up! (See Nom Nom Mashed Potatoes for the DIY version). Shorthand version: Mostly (but not completely) drain potatoes, add 1/3 cup butter, 1/2 cup milk - poured in quarter cup portions - and mash.
Step 8: Add Potato Frosting
When you've got a nice creamy texture to your potatoes (or a lumpy one, if you prefer that) layer over your meat, spreading evenly.
Step 9: Top With Cheese & Chili Powder
We have some dairy sensitive folks at the table, so we do cheese on one side, but it's a yummy topping layer. Sprinkle chili powder over the whole thing.
Step 10: Bake
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, then broil for 5-8 minutes, until you've got a nice lightly browned topping.
Step 11: Serve and Enjoy!
This is just a wonderful comfort dish! Toss in some Sriracha hot sauce, and it's a totally happy party on your plate!