start to finish this usually takes me an hour to an hour and a half, and usually feeds 4, with seconds for everyone. I usually make it for 2 and have leftovers for a few weeks. it freezes well and with the addition of a microwave makes a great lunch at work.
Step 1: Ingredients.. Sort Of
That said, use the pictures to give you an idea of the proportions, and do all your seasoning to taste. don't be afraid to use lots of seasoning.
Here is what I usually use
-frozen mixed veggies
-frozen green beans
-salt and pepper
-thyme (though this time i used savory)
that's actually a longer ingredient list than i thought, in any case it's all either a staple ingredient, cheap, or both.
Step 2: Boil Them Taters
Now, yams cook faster than potatoes. You need to leave the chunks of yam larger than the potatoes if you want everything to be cooked at the same time. I'd say my potato chunks are about 1/3 the size of the yam chunks.
Once everything's chopped toss it into a pot of water with some oil, put on a lid and boil away.
we'll come back to these when they're cooked.
Step 3: Making the Meat
Toss celery carrots and onion into a pan with some oil and fry them until the onions are getting translucent.
Once the veggies are done add the ground beef and garlic. When your beef is most of the way browned add however much frozen vegetables you'd like. Once the veggies are thawed I add my spices. I tend to go a little heavy with the rosemary and thyme/savory and and just a little dash of nutmeg. As always, salt and pepper to taste.
You may have noticed that we haven't drained the beef at any point, that's because I'm going to use that grease to make gravy. I never said this was healthy, just awesome.
You have 2 choices on how to make your gravy, you can either
-add some flour(a tbsp. or so at a time), a little water and a tsp./cube of oxo/bovril or whatever
-or go the lazy way and just toss in a packet of the instant gravy of your choice. when i use instant gravy i just add the powder.
Today, I'm lazy and using roast chicken gravy, but every kind of gravy I've tried seems to taste good as well. Once the gravy is doing it's thing It's time to turn off the heat and set it aside. until the potatoes are done.
Step 4: Mash Some Potatoes
OK, now drain the potatoes and give them a good dollop of butter or margarine and a little milk. Give it a good mashing and add a bit more milk and butter/margarine as needed. repeat as necessary.
Once it's getting close to the right consistency i add garlic powder salt and pepper.
Step 5: Final Assembly
Next grate some cheese and put a good layer of grated cheese on top of the potatoes.
Set your oven to broil and put your shepherds pie on the top rack. broil it until the cheese is browned, then take it out, let it cool and enjoy.