Shepard’s Pie Because It Snowed

It snowed last night and the ground was white this morning so Shepard’s pie seemed like a good idea. We ended up with about 2 inches of wet snow and roofs are still white. Hopefully it will all disappear in a few days. Winter is coming and so is the very cold weather. Making Shepard’s pie is something we have 4 or 5 times every winter. There is something about it that just makes you feel good when the weather gets cold. It is a simple thing to make and isn’t difficult. I make it a couple of different ways, this recipe I haven’t made for about 10 years. Put it in the parking lot because I decided using beef broth was likely a healthier option. Since I bought a package of Lipton onion soup mix for another recipe figured I might as well use the other package. Actually using it makes it simpler to make and it does taste good. Thing with using it is you never put any salt in the dish. Most packaged products are extremely salty. It was nice to have it made this way again but it will likely be a few years before I do it again.

1 pound ground beef browned and drained

1 carrot chopped

1 rib celery chopped

1 onion diced

2 cloves garlic minced

3/4 cup of frozen peas

2 teaspoons butter

1 tablespoon flour

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup of water

1 package of onion soup mix

2 cups leftover mashed potatoes, if you like more potatoes use more

1 cup grated old cheddar cheese

Preheat a frying pan with the butter on medium heat. Add the carrot, celery, and onion, cook for 5 minutes stirring often. Add the garlic and pepper, cook for 3 minutes stirring often. Stir in the flour and cook for about 1 minute then mix in the onion soup mix. Pour the water in and cook for about 2 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and mix in the peas, set aside to cool. When cool put it in a casserole dish, top with the mashed potatoes and the cheese. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 55 minutes.

About Graham Stewart

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2 Responses to Shepard’s Pie Because It Snowed

  1. How comfort-foodie! I wish it was cool enough here in Houston to make that. It looks delicious.

    • It is one of the perfect meals for a cold day. Yes in Houston you won’t get many cold days. We were there in February 2 years ago and it was 80. Will be a few more years before we venture south again hopefully, things need to get a lot better before we even consider it. Stay safe and healthy.

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