Original Shepherd’s pie with instant potatoes is cooked with chopped mutton rather of beef. That’s why it is known as a Shepherd’s Pie. You don’t need to wait the beef settle before combining it with the rest of filling components. It is really better to stir when the beef is still hot.
Shepherd’s Pie with Instant Potatoes
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3/4 cup finely diced yellow onion
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup brown gravy
- 1 rib finely diced celery
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 lb. ground beef with 85% lean
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 minced cloves garlic
- 3 cups mashed potatoes
- salt or pepper
First of all, all you have to do to make Shepherd’s pie with instant potatoes is to prepare the filling by heating oil in a large skillet. Use medium-high heat.
Sauté the celery slices and scallions for 3 minutes. Then, add the garlic and cook for another 1 minute. Enter the ground beef and cook until it is crushed. Cook with high heat. After that, reduce the excess fat.
Sprinkle it with flour and stir over medium-high heat. Next, add thyme and tomato paste and cook for about 1-2 minutes.
After that, deglaze the pan using chicken stock and scrape off the brown flavored essence in the pan using a silicone spatula.
Add half brown gravy to the vegetables and stir until it boils.
Add seasonings, such as salt or pepper. Taste it and adjust as needed. You can also add sauce and then turn off the heat.
Transfer the filling to a 9-inch pie pan or 7 x 11 casserole dish that has been greased with oil. After that, carefully spread the smashed potatoes on it.
Flatten and draw lines using a fork.
Set the oven to about 550 degrees. Then bake the dough for about 5 minutes. You need to see it after 2 minutes if you don't want the dough to burn. Take it out of the oven, and you can immediately serve it.
This dish is popular because it is served as a balanced meal. Sautéed green beans, boiled corn, or roasted carrots are perfect as a side dish for a memorable supper. If you like salads, try the mixed green salad to complete your Shepherd’s pie with instant potatoes.