Pub Shepherd's Pie

Posted: October 19

Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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Pub Shepherd's Pie is one of the most beloved English dishes in history, and it's easy to see why! It's one of the great comfort foods, with a rich flavor fit for royalty. Fluffy, buttery, creamy mashed potatoes sit atop seasoned, juicy beef and vegetables with extra meaty flavor. Beautifully seasoned, Pub Shepherd's Pie is a perfect pick-me-up after a cold autumn day as its hearty warmth fills you from head to toe!


For the mashed potatoes: • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped into 1-inch pieces, peeled (if desired) • kosher salt, to taste • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1/2 cup milk • 2 tablespoons sour cream • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped • ground pepper, to taste • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded For the beef mixture: • 2 carrots, chopped • 2 celery stalks, chopped • 1 medium onion, diced • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 3 cloves garlic, minced • kosher salt and ground pepper, to taste • 1 pound ground beef • 1 teaspoon garlic powder • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped • 2 tablespoons tomato paste • 1 tablespoon flour • 1 cup beef broth


Step 1

Start the mashed potatoes by ensuring your potatoes are washed thoroughly and chopped. Add cold water with kosher salt to a medium stockpot.

Step 2

Then add in the potatoes and bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes, until a knife can effortlessly pierce them. Then drain and return to the pot.

Step 3

Cook and stir the potatoes in the pot over low heat, about 2 minutes. This helps remove any excess moisture and improves the texture of the mashed potatoes. Remove the potatoes from the heat.

Step 4

Next, using a masher, mash up the potatoes. Add in the sour cream, thyme, butter, and milk. Season with ground pepper and kosher salt, to taste. Combine well, then set aside.

Step 5

To prepare the beef mixture, preheat the broiler on high. Next, thoroughly wash the carrots, onion, and celery.

Step 6

In a large ovenproof skillet, on medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add in and mix the celery, carrots, garlic, and onion. Season with ground pepper and kosher salt, to taste.

Step 7

Cook for 7 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Then, add in the fresh thyme and garlic powder, cooking for 1 minute, until noticeably fragrant.

Step 8

Place the ground beef into the skillet, cooking and breaking the beef into pieces for 4-6 minutes, or until fully browned.

Step 9

Add tomato paste and flour and cook for about 1 minute, stirring thoroughly. Pour in the beef broth, cooking for 2 minutes, or until the beef mixture thickens. Season with pepper and kosher salt, to taste.

Step 10

Top with the mashed potatoes, making sure to leave a small gap on the edges. Then, top with the mozzarella cheese. Set in the oven, broiling for 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

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