Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Shepherd's Pie


This past week a couple of coldfronts hit South Florida. The temperature actually dipped to somewhere in the upper 30's Fahrenheit (about 3 degrees Celsius). Bbbrrrrrrr! It was C-O-L-D!

Those who are from northern USA, north America or Europe might find this laughable. Compared to the inches of snow and below zero temperature you get out there, 30's must be a heatwave for you. But for the true blue South Floridians (I'm not a native here but I grew up in a tropical island), 30's is definitely freezing! As they say, our blood is thinner.

I don't mind it being nippy once in while though. I welcome the change, especially the opportunity to take out my once-a-year winter-garb and layer on outfits, don chic coats or leather jackets, cute scarves, opaque stockings and wear those lovely high heeled boots!!! Afterall, it's always about fashion,isn't it? Next to food, that is. ;o)


When the temperature gets cooler, I always think of comforting food such as soups and stews. But this time around, I wanted something different, so I thought of one of my fave eats: Shepherd's Pie. Also known as "Cottage Pie", this English dish refers to a meat pie with a crust made of mashed potato.

Shepherd's pie is basically a casserole, traditionally made using ground lamb (hence, the name Shepherd, I think). But here in the US people commonly use beef instead of lamb. In my case, I went even further. I used ground turkey for my meat, to make the dish a bit more healthy. What I like about this dish (beside it being soooo good) is it's versatility. You can substitute the ingredients according to preference or availability. What more, this dish is even better the next day! If you'll have some leftovers, that is.

Mashed potato atop stewed ground meat and veggies? That's comfort food through and through!

I'm sending this dish over to La.Pi.S, Lasang Pinoy Sundays: LAYERED. La.Pi.S. is a weekly food photography meme hosted by SpiceS.


Shepherd's Pie

Meat filling:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 med onion, chopped
1 lb ground lamb, beef or turkey
1 tbsp flour
1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz), drained, juice reserved
1/2 cup beef or chicken stock/broth
2 tsps Worcesteshire sauce
½ cup frozen peas, thawed
2 med carrots, diced finely
1 red bell pepper, diced finely
1 sprig rosemary, chopped

4 large potatoes (about 1-1/2 lbs), peeled and chopped
2 tbsp sour cream

1/2 cup heavy cream (or subsitute chicken/beef broth for healthier version)
1 egg yolk
2 tbsps fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Dash of sweet paprika

1. Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl.
2. Combine sour cream, egg yolk and cream (or broth). Add the cream mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth.
3. While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat.
4. Add oil to hot pan with beef or lamb. Season meat with salt and pepper.
5. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. If you are using lamb/beef and the pan is fatty, spoon away some of the drippings.
6. Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook veggies with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes.
7. In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and juice of tomato and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Stir in peas.
8. Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture.
9. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned.
10. Top casserole dish with chopped parsley and serve.


Pinky said...

Hi Jescel! I seriously think my entry is an offshoot of yours ;)

Happy LP!

Zriz said...

Oh wow! that is yummy!! I love Shepherd's Pie (I'm a sucker for meat and mashed potatoes) hehehehe :)

BTW you were in the 30s? Woahh that is cold! I guess we were having the same's been cold and rain/cold and overcast all week!

Grace said...

how funny--it hit 30 degrees here too, and i thought "it's kinda mild out!" what a difference a few thousand miles makes. :)
great dish--i'm game for anything involving taters. :)

Mirage said...

My kids enjoy this dish a lot! And that is surely one hearty meal for the cold season. Umaabot pa kami ngayon ng -3 yaaay...

Anyway Enjoy the week...TC!

maiylah said...

haven't tried Shepherd's Pie yet, but that looks (and sounds) yummy! :)

Leslie said...

Comfort food indeed!
I LOVE shepherds pie. hmmmmmm, I should probably make some soon!

Ning said...

This looks delicious! Will try this! :)

Happy cook said...

I have heard so much abouit this dish, never made them.
Your look really delicious.

Jay - agent112778 said...


i seen this on TV but yours is yummier and this convince me to try this one

my entry is here

magandang araw ka-lasa-ista :)
Salamat sa pagbisita :)

My comfort food network said...

I love Shepherd's pie. I had once made it in individual ramekins. I like the slight crust on the potatoes.

I haven't made it with turkey yet. Yours looks good with ground turkey.

Annie said...

That's so funny, I was just thinking about shepard's pie. I have never made it before and was wondering how it would be with ground turkey. I guess I got the answer!! Thanks to you :)

ces said...

shove it my way! i haven't made my own shepherd's pie and now i know i should soon:)and guess what, it is in the 30's here today and tomorrow is so much nicer! 50's! woohoo!:)

mikky said...

wow... the weather must have really got you... imagine, here it's starting to get hot... lovely pie, must taste so yum... :)

Fearless Kitchen said...

I think that might be the only day of the year that shepherd's pie is appropriate for Florida :) It looks delicious.

Arfi Binsted said...

It's kind of a traditional pie here in the Binsted's household. Love it with lamb mince and good old-fashioned recipe Nice!!

Dhanggit said...

sarap!! i havent tried making this is the time heheheh

mikky said...

happy valentine's day!!! :)

Munchkin Mommy said...

i have yet to try making shepherd's pie! my to-cook list just keeps getting longer and longer. :)

Jude said...

Looks great.. Perfect cold weather food. I could never get used to Chicago winters.

Sara said...

I love shepherd's pie, I've been making it with turkey too. It's lighter but tastes just as good.

Jo said...

This looks absolutely delicious! I must give this a try one day and thanks for posting this up.

Kevin said...

That is one good looking shepherds pie!

toni said...

Oh man I LOVE shepherd's pie. It's been awhile since I've had some. I think I'll make some this weekend. Or if I'm lazy, go find a restaurant that serves the dish!