Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe is a very tasty one dish meal, which requires a bit of work to put together, but is well worth it. After a friend of ours made this meal for us, I got the recipe from her and have been making it ever since. Thanks to Bobbie for the recipe!

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Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups peeled and grated carrots
  • 1 small package bacon, 5-6 strips
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 can peas, drained
  • 1 cup Gouda cheese, shredded (or your favorite kind)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Grease a 4 or 5 quart baking dish.
  2. Put potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for 20 minutes or until very soft. Remove from heat and drain the water. Put back into the saucepan. Mash with a potato masher or with a mixer.  Add in 2 Tablespoons of butter, sour cream, 1/2 cup milk, dill, salt and pepper.  Mix until combined. Add more milk if needed. Set aside.
  3. Melt 4 Tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat until melted. Add the onion and saute until onion are starting to get soft.  Add the garlic and cook another minute until fragrant.  Add the carrots and stir often.  Cook for about 5 minutes until they are soft.  Add 1/4 cup milk and cook for another 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In a large frying pan, cook the bacon about 3 minutes per side on medium heat or until cooked all the way through.  Take the bacon out of the pan and set on paper towels on a plate to drain off the grease. When cool, cut or tear into small pieces.
  5. In the leftover bacon grease, add the red bell pepper.  Cook until starting to soften.  Add the ground beef and cook until brown and no longer pink.  Add the sage and soy sauce.  Stir to combine.  Add the peas, cooked and cut bacon, salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Drain any excess grease. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. In the baking dish add the meat mixture, then the carrot mixture then the mashed potatoes. Cover the potatoes with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and dish is heated through.

 

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