Comforting Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherds Pie | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comIt’s November.  The days are getting shorter, and the weather is changing.  I do love this time of year and cooking in a somewhat cooler climate makes me happy.

Two years ago I started making Shepherd’s Pie and much to my surprise, everyone at my dinner table fell in love with it. It’s a simple dish, made with everyday, fridge and pantry ingredients.  One more feather in this recipes cap – it’s a one pot dish.

Organic Ingredients for Shepherd's Pie | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.com

Using the white part of the leeks(saving the green part for my homemade stock), and left over mashed potatoes, I am proud to say that I can feed my family of five(with leftovers for lunch the next day) for about ten bucks. I am working on accomplishing that task most nights. Making wholesome meals, using fresh ingredients for a few dollars makes me happy and giddy. I cannot wait to share more of my “happy meals” with you.

Shepherds Pie in Progress | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.com

 

Comforting Homemade Shepherd’s Pie


Ingredients

1 1/2 pound ground, organic sirloin
2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 Tbsp. ketchup, preferably homemade
1/2 cup vegetable stock, preferably homemade
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup leeks, rinsed and chopped
1/2 cup white onion, chopped
1/3 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup celery, chopped
1/4 organic peas, frozen
2 Tbsp. arrowroot
2 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 tsp. black, ground pepepr
2-3 cups mashed potatoes

Instructions

• preheat oven to 425 degrees.
• heat a dutch oven over medium-high heat. add 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil and add the meat.  break it up with the back of spoon and cook for 4 minutes or until it looses it’s pink color. remove to a clean bowl.
• heat the remaining tablespoon of grapeseed oil and add the onions and leeks. saute for 5 minutes. add the carrots and the celery and saute until starting to soften, 5 minutes. add garlic and stir for one minute.
• add meat to the vegetables and stir to combine. add the rosemary, ketchup, peas, salt, and pepper. stir to combine.
• add the arrowroot and stir. add the vegetable stock and cook for about 3 minutes or until the liquid has thickened. taste for seasonings.
• lightly butter a ceramic baking dish. spoon meat mixture into prepared dish. spoon mashed potatoes over beef. cut 2 tablespoons of butter into small chunks. dot the top of the potato mixture with the butter.
• put baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment. bake for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes start to turn light brown. serve immediately.

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Summer Pavlova – Daniel Faro

Giveaway Info
So, you want to try some of these teas. The folks over at Mighty Leaf Tea are going to send one of my readers an Iced Tea Brew Kit and a Bodum Iced Tea Pitcher (a $60 value). You have until Sunday, November 13th, 12 midnight PST to enter this giveaway. Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the USA.

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• tell me what your favorite beverage is, hot or cold.
• go to Mighty Leaf’s Facebook Page and like them.
• go to The Urban Baker’s facebook page and like me.
• tweet about this giveaway. make up one of your own or tweet this sample message: pls RT @theurbanbaker has a@Mightyleaf #giveaway. Iced Tea Brew Kit + Bodum Iced Tea Pitcher: http://is.gd/a9u9Qf
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Showing 15 comments
  • Kristina Vanni
    Reply

    Love this recipe! I haven’t made a Shepherd’s Pie in forever. So warm and comforting this time of year. Never tried it with leeks before, I bet it tastes amazing!

    • Susan
      Reply

      in my opinion, leeks makes everything so much better! I cannot get enough of them!

  • Deliciously Organic
    Reply

    I love, love, love shepherd’s pie! We usually fight for the leftovers. 🙂

  • Lauren
    Reply

    My husband LOVES shepards pie! I should try your version to switch things up! Looks so good!

    • Susan
      Reply

      Lauren, you really can’t go wrong with most veggies and stuff in your shepherd’s pie. next time I am going to add some kale!

  • Nancy@acommunaltable
    Reply

    This is a definite favorite in our household – always add a little worcestershire sauce and/or a little vinegar to ours – so happy that it’s finally cool enough to enjoy them again!

    • Susan
      Reply

      you cannot go wrong with worcestershire sauce, Nancy. It is one of my favorite pantry staples!

  • Reply

    Cooking in a cooler climate makes me happy too.

  • Marla
    Reply

    Such a perfect fall/winter recipe 🙂

  • Georgia Pellegrini
    Reply

    I can’t wait to see more of your *happy* recipes! This one makes me comforted just looking at it.

  • Lucy Lean
    Reply

    Hi Susan – this looks like a great recipe – not to be pedantic and British but what you have here isn’t Shepherd’s but Cottage – since you use Sirloin and not lamb/mutton!!! BAA! not MOO!

  • Amanda
    Reply

    This looks so good Susan!! SO comforting… great job!

  • Marla
    Reply

    Love pot pies! This looks awesome with that sirloin!

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