Shepherd’s pie is something I totally enjoy. I know traditionally is made with ground lamb, but I don’t like lamb, so I make it with ground beef. It’s simple to make and very satisfying. You do need to spend time making it but it is well worth the time. We like cheese and garlic so it has lots of both. You can cut back on the garlic and cheese if you like. You can even change the type of cheese, use as much or as little as you like.
1 pound ground beef
5 garlic minced
1 onion diced
6 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons flour
3 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon kitchen banquet
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
5 large potatoes
1 clove garlic smashed
3 cups grated old cheddar cheese
1/3 cup half and half cream
Boil potatoes in salted water with 1 clove smashed garlic. When cooked mash with cream and pepper, set aside to cook. When cool mix in 1 cup cheese.
Brown ground beef with salt and pepper in a preheated frying pan on medium heat. Set aside to drain of the fat.
Add onions to the frying pan, with olive oil, cook for 3 minutes stir occasionally. Add mixed vegetables, 5 cloves garlic, beef, thyme, and cook for 5 minutes, add flour, cook for 1 minute, stirring the whole time. Add beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, kitchen banquet, stir and simmer for 25 minutes. If to thick add more beef broth. Set aside to cool.
When the meat mixture is cool put in a large casserole dish, top with potatoes, spread 1 cup cheese on top. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 1 hour. Remove and let rest for 15 minutes before serving.