Alea’s Shepherd’s Pie

by Alea on December 27, 2012

Shepherd's Pie Recipe

This recipe is fast and easy to prepare, especially if you use leftovers from your holiday dinners. Shepherd’s Pie is often made using ground beef, but it is an especially delicious way to use up leftover roast. You can also use leftover vegetables and top it with leftover mashed potatoes if you have them on hand.

If you don’t have leftover mashed potatoes, make mashed potatoes using 4 potatoes and your favorite recipe. I used my Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe on top of the Shepherd’s Pie.

Dairy Free Shepherd's Pie Recipe Dairy Free

Using leftover gravy adds a special depth to this recipe. If you don’t have leftover gravy, you can make a fast and easy cheater gravy and use it instead.

Cheater Beef Gravy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small pot.
  2. Whisk while cooking over a medium-high flame until the gravy becomes thick and smooth.

shepherd's pie recipe using leftovers

You can use leftover vegetables if you have them available, if not use a one pound bag of mixed vegetables. I like corn, peas, carrots and green beans in my Shepherd’s Pie, but it is good with any number of vegetable combinations.

Shepherd's Pie recipe

After you spread the mashed potatoes over the top, you can sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top. I chose to sprinkle parsley over the top instead so that my pie would be dairy-free.

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Alea’s Shepherd’s Pie

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced roast beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups leftover veggies (or 1 pound mixed frozen vegetables)
  • 1 cup gravy (or use recipe above)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 – 6 cups mashed potatoes
  • parsley or cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a 9 x 13 casserole dish, combine roast, onion, and vegetables.
  • In a small bowl, mix gravy, diced tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Pour gravy mixture over the meat and vegetables.
  • Spread mashed potatoes over the meat and vegetables.
  • Sprinkle parsley or cheddar cheese over the top of the mashed potatoes.
  • Bake at 375 for 25 – 30 minutes or until the top begins to brown.

How are you using up your holiday leftovers?

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Jasmine January 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I don’t know what fairy tales you grew up reading but shepherds watch sheep and so shepherds pie is usually made with lamb. Cottage pie is usually made with beef since the cows don’t have to be watched. If you make it with poultry or vegetarian I have no idea what to call it but maybe that is also cottage pie? Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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