MEAT AND POTATOES! The food equivalent of spitting and buying tires. Hurr! Manly! Grr! Shooting stuff with guns and then having sex with it!
This is a combination of other Shepard’s Pie recipes, modified according to what I had on hand. This is quite delicious. And manly. Grrr.
1 lb ground beef
1 chopped onion (I used a couple handfuls of frozen)
1-2 cups vegetables - chopped carrots, corn, peas, green beans (I just used chopped baby carrots and frozen green beans)
1 garlic clove, diced
1.5-2 lbs potatoes (I used more - USE MORE YOU FOOL)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I only had Mexican Blend cheese - you can leave this out if you don’t like your taters cheesy)
1 stick butter
1-2 TBSP cream cheese (I didn’t have any, so I used half and half instead - you can also use sour cream if you like that)
1-2 TBSP milk
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce, plus other favorite steak sauce (I plopped in some Sweet Baby Ray’s, a few drops of liquid smoke, and a TBS or two of tomato paste - some recipes call for ketchup as well)
1 TBSP flour
1 cup or so of broth (most recipes say use beef, I only had chicken)
Salt, pepper, thyme, other seasonings
Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water 15-20 minutes. While that’s a’bubblin’, melt 4 TBs butter in frying pan and saute onions until tender over medium heat. Add other vegetables and cook. Add garlic. Stir it up real nice.
Add ground beef and saute untli no longer pink. Add salt and pepper, thyme, flour, worcesterchire sauce, other steak sauce if you like, and chicken or beef broth. Cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring.
When your potatoes are done, drain them and then mash them in a bowl with the other 4 TBS butter, milk, cheese, cream cheese/half and half/sour cream, and seasonings.
Place beef and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Make cool designs with a fork. Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown, about 30 minutes. Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown and make your cool fork designs look swell.