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Rich Man's Shepherd's Pie (Cottage Pie)

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In celebration of Pi day, and impending St.Patrick's Day, I whipped up a more fancy version of an old family favorite. My family always called it shepherd's pie, but my very Irish husband's family calls it cottage pie. Either way, this version is made with upgrades! My family loves it, especially the kids. I like to serve it with some fresh broccoli or a salad, and rolls. 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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Ingredients:
all purpose flour, 8 Tablespoons
1 lb Stew Beef
2 Tbsp butter or oil
1/2 cup Beef broth
6 oz tomato paste
salt and pepper
2 bay leaves
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp rubbed sage (optional)
1 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
au gratin potatos in a box
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
button mushrooms, canned or fresh (optional), sliced

Use a nice sharp knife and chop your onion, garlic and carrots. Thinly slice your mushrooms, if you chose to add them. 

Step 2: Sizzle it

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1. Melt 2 Tbsp (1/4 stick) butter into your frying pan. Sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes, or until soft.  Add chopped carrots.

Step 3: Beef it up

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2. While your vegetables sauté, coat your stew beef lightly in flour. Add a few chunks at a time, give a light shake, remove from bag. Add the beef to the pan, and brown until no longer pink. Salt and pepper to your taste. 

Step 4: Simmer Down, Now

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3. Add the worchestershire sauce, beef broth tomato paste and herbs. Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat for around 10 minutes or until the gravy as cooked in to the beef as much as you like. Some people like it a little more moist, but I like it a little more dry. Add in the peas and simmer until they are heated through. 

4. While that simmers, prepare your au gratin potatos according to the stovetop directions, and heat your oven to 400 degress F.


maltesergr82 years ago
This looks so delicious, I'm just about drooling! My hubby's from England & this recipe will definitely be a new favorite for him.

Thank you for sharing,

Beth
mistyp3 years ago
The picture in step 5 looks sooo good. Thank you for sharing, and good luck in the contest!
l8nite3 years ago
I really like the idea of augratin potatoes instead of mashed potatoes, that's 2 for 2 going in my favs file .....
psvine3 years ago
wow! making this tonight!
masoncity3 years ago
What size casserole pan should be used?
Pan size inversely relates to thickness of topping and meat mixture.
I used a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. I hope that helps.
hijodelsol3 years ago
Looks good. The difference between Sheppard's and Cottage pie is Lamb vs Beef.
Indeed you are correct Sheppard's pie is Lamb while Cottage pie is Beef. Though apart from that they are the same. Also it's nice to see a twist on a good old family favorite. Well done, I think it's time for me to fire up the oven now.
mmmm...lamb...beef...i am not prejudice...lamb is really good. i wanna try that in this dish. although, when i was in highschool, they called it "shepard's" pie even though it was clearly seasoned ground beef...not lamb.
stormy03143 years ago
Alas, your father was correct. Carrots are a very rich source of vitamin A, which in turn plays a large roll in good eyesight. Load up with those carrots.
bajablue3 years ago
Beautiful work... and thanks to you, I have a little drool on my keyboard!!! ;-P~
I aims to pleases! Feels good to be back...