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!
IngredientsFor 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
Start the mashed potatoes by ensuring your potatoes are washed thoroughly and chopped. Add cold water with kosher salt to a medium stockpot.
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.
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.
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.
To prepare the beef mixture, preheat the broiler on high. Next, thoroughly wash the carrots, onion, and celery.
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.
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.
Place the ground beef into the skillet, cooking and breaking the beef into pieces for 4-6 minutes, or until fully browned.
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.
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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