Shepherd’s Pie is a comforting, favorite winter entree. Beef, onions, garlic, bell pepper, broccoli, peas and more cook together before topping with cheesy mashed potatoes. Bake until perfection for the ultimate wintertime comfort food.
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I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but we had an uncharacteristically beautiful week and weekend in Dallas. It’s gorgeous today, too.
Strangely enough, it looks like we’re going to make it out of January without spending much time below freezing.
The thing is… around this time of year, I always want to see some sort of winter precipitation. Because if it’s the winter time, I’d love to see some snow fall… and then for us to bundle up indoors and watch it with a mug of cocoa from the comfort of our home, which still conveniently has power.
I’m ridiculous and mean.
Lots of y’all are buried beneath snow from this weekend’s blizzard, and for that, I’m sorry, because it sounds miserable.
Because I’m sorry, how about a comforting, cozy dish you can enjoy while you slog through this recent storm?
Shepherd’s Pie is one of our favorite wintertime comfort dishes. And like most of my favorite dishes, it has a bit of a story behind it.
My aunt sent me the The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest cookbook shortly after Winston and I got married in 2010. Our first winter of marriage was crazy, and it snowed/iced several times in Nashville, our home at the time.
One occasion when we were stuck in the condo, I decided it was time to try out this recipe I’d read about. It took a little while to get everything together… but once it was done, I understood just why people talk about this dish the way they do: it’s freaking delicious.
In the years since, I’ve changed the recipe up incrementally, adding and taking away various veggies and adding meat to find our favorite combination.
This rendition? It’s darn good, even though it looks and tastes nothing like Katzen’s original.
Other Comforting Winter Dishes
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Chicken Spaetzle Soup
- Sweet Potato Bisque
- Slow Cooker Beef Stew
- Vegan Potato Leek Soup
- Pork Carnitas Enchiladas
Here’s how we make it:
Shepherd's Pie is a comforting, winter favorite entree. Beef, onions, garlic, bell pepper, broccoli, peas and more cook together before topping with cheesy mashed potato topping. Bake until perfection for the ultimate wintertime comfort food.
Mashed Potato Topping
- 2 russet potatoes , baked
- 2 tablespoons milk (plus an additional 1-2, depending on consistency)
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- 5 cloves garlic , roasted and minced
- Freshly ground black pepper , to taste
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese , on top
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb. ground beef (85% lean)
- 2 onions , chopped
- 1 green bell pepper , chopped
- 4 garlic cloves , minced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper , to taste
- 1 cup broccoli florets , frozen
- 1 cup peas , frozen
- 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese
Make the Mashed Potato Topping
- Scoop the potatoes out of their skins into a large bowl.
- Pour in the 2 tablespoons of milk, add the butter, garlic and pepper.
- Mix using a whisk or a hand mixer until the desired consistency. Add more milk if necessary.
- Set aside.
Make the Hash
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the ground beef, breaking apart with a wooden spoon. Add the onions, bell pepper and garlic to the pan. Season with the salt.
- Cook the beef until it's browned. The veggies will be soft, too, at this point.
- Add the broccoli and peas. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until the veggies have begun to thaw.
- Add the vinegar, then the breadcrumbs and cheese.
- Stir until everything is incorporated and the cheese is melted.
Make the Shepherd's Pie
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a ceramic baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Transfer the hash into the prepared baking dish.
- Top the hash with the mashed potatoes, then sprinkle the potatoes with the additional cheese.
- Bake 25-30 minutes, then enjoy warm!
Recipe adapted from Mollie Katzen's The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest.