Monday, August 18, 2014

Husband approved meal {Shepherd's Pie}

It has been 2 months since I posted a recipe, which gives you an idea of just how much cooking has been going on around here these days. I've cooked here and there, but lately I'd rather be lying on the couch reading a book about babies or doing a nursery project than spend my time on my feet sweating in the kitchen. #sorryhusband
Well I learned the other day that one of my husband's favorite meals is one I had never ever cooked him and I started feeling guilty. The night before my husband's first day back at school I decided to make it up to him and finally make him Shepherd's pie. I turned to PW for help because I thought surely she'd have a wonderful Shepherd's pie, but I couldn't find one so I turned to Paula Deen's and friends she did not let me down.

My mom never made Shepherd's Pie growing up so I didn't know what to look for in a recipe, but I just assumed Paula Deen would know. So here's her recipe and let me just say that this Shepherd's pie is husband approved and now in my meal planning binder to be made again.

1 small onion chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups mixed vegetables (I used frozen vegetables that I thawed in the refrigerator beforehand)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 to 10 medium red new potatoes peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cups milk
12 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups instant biscuit mix (I used Bisquick)

Beef Layer: Saute onions in 2 tablespoons butter. Add ground beef. After beef is browned, add tomato sauce; Mix in vegetables. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Potato Layer: Peel and slice potatoes 1/4-inch thick. Cook in boiling water for approximately 15 minutes or until fork-tender. Whip potatoes with electric mixer; mix until moderately smooth. Don't over beat them; a few lumps are nice. Add 1/2 cup heated milk, 1/2 cup butter, and sour cream. Salt and pepper, to taste. Whip until mixed. Adjust thickness by adding more milk, if desired.

Biscuit Layer: Combine biscuit mix and 1 cup milk. The mix should be thinner than normal biscuit mix but not runny.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Spray a 9x13 or any similar casserole dish. Layer half way up with the mashed potatoes. Next, spread a layer of the meat and mixed vegetables. Pour biscuit mix over meat and veggies. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over top. Bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes until top is golden brown.

Original recipe found here


Miss Ruthie Aileen said...

My family - and husband in particular - love shepherd's pie. I have even made it with chicken before. Thanks for "reminding" me of the goodness of this comfort food...I think I will be adding it to my menu this week!

Kaity said...

Shepherds Pie is one of my Hubby's favorites, too! I think I made it once when we were dating, but haven't since. Thanks for the inspiration!

Elise @ Her Heart and Home said...

Yum! Mark would LOVE for me to make this!!! xx

Anonymous said...

I'll definitely have to keep this in mind for the winter. So hearty and cozy.


Legally Lovely said...

I don't think I've ever tried a Shepherds Pie! But, pot pies are a winter staple. Maybe I'll try this when Ohio weather gets colder?

Carrie said...

I haven't made shepard's pie in forever, but I have been trying to think of some new meals to try for the meal plan that I've been doing every week. This sounds perfect and I am sure my husband will love (as will I!).

Rach said...

Paula is nearly always my safety net when Ree doesn't have the recipe I need! Quinky Dink! :) This looks delicious!

Lexilooo said...

I've never made one either, but was just thinking about trying it the other day! Maybe one night this week...