Shepherd’s Pie

Although this seems more like a fall or winter meal, we make shepherd’s pie year-round. My recipe uses beef instead of lamb, but either would be great (or you could even use ground turkey or chicken, if you’d like). All-in-all, this is a great year-round comfort food. And – bonus – it freezes well, too. Enjoy!

Shepherd’s Pie
Adapted from unknown source
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
4 tsp olive oil
16 oz raw 93% lean ground beef (can sub 12 oz cooked turkey breast – see directions below)
½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 medium onion,diced
1 medium carrot,diced
1 clove garlic,minced
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp canned tomato paste
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
1 oz red wine
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 cup frozen green peas
2 cups mashed potatoes (2 3/4 cup sliced plain potatoes mashed with 1/3 cup skim milk, and 1/2 tsp salt added)

Directions:
Place oil in large skillet, heat to med-high. Saute ground meat with salt & pepper until well browned, transfer to a bowl.

Reduce heat to medium and saute chopped onions and carrots until soft, about 5 min. Add minced garlic, flour, and tomato paste and cook for 1 min. Stir in chicken broth, wine and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in thyme, rosemary and the cooked ground beef. Bring to a boil then simmer for 8 min.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir in thawed peas into mixture and pour mixture into a 12 inch round pan *. Place prepared mashed potatoes over entire filling, using a spatula to spread. Bake on center rack in oven till golden (about 20 minutes).

* Also can make this into 4 individual servings using oven-safe bakeware containers (like corningware).

**Note** This works well with leftover Thanksgiving turkey breast – just add chopped skinless turkey breast after cooking the onions and carrots.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 337.5
Total Fat: 12.8 g
Saturated Fat: 3.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 3.3 g
Cholesterol: 65.4 mg
Sodium: 603.9 mg
Potassium: 589.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 25.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.4 g
Sugars: 4.1 g
Protein: 28.9 g

Nutritional info (subbing 12 oz cooked turkey breast):
Calories: 300.9
Total Fat: 7.5 g
Saturated: Fat 1.6 g
Polyunsaturated: Fat 1.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 3.8 g
Cholesterol: 59.1 mg
Sodium: 588.3 mg
Potassium: 848.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 25.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.4 g
Sugars: 4.1 g
Protein: 30.3 g

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