19 September, 2018
Classic Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Crispy Cheddar Topping
This Classic Shepherd’s Pie Recipe is gravy-soaked beefy goodness, with peas and carrots, covered with 5 pounds of potatoes. Because there are NEVER ENOUGH MASHED POTATOES. The best Shepherd’s Pie, done right my friends.
Originally published February 23, 2016.
Have you ever taught a kid to roller skate before? Turns out I am literally the worst person in the world for this job. (Where is my parenting manual?? I know I’m going to need it come 6th grade math, too. Don’t judge me.) This about sums it up:
Here’s Charlotte and I at her cousin’s birthday party at the skating rink. You will note that I am most certainly not wearing roller skates. If I had, we would BOTH be sprawled out under the disco lights.
“Stand straight. Lean into it. Glide your skates OUTward. Hold tight. Don’t slip! Find your balance.”
Seriously, “find your balance?” “glide outward”? SHE’S FIVE. It’s like I’m giving yoga instructions to a puppy. No wonder she’s holding on for dear life in that photo. I may as well be telling her to do the crow pose.
I was laughing, but that’s because I only had one kid at the party. You should have seen the mom’s trying to drag 2 or even 3 kids along. Note: a 5-year-old wielding a roller-skate-clad foot is a danger to innocent feet everywhere.
Now Charlotte is asking for her own pair of roller skates. I am now preemptively collecting donations for her body cast. And for my pair of steel-toed shoes.
Do you love Shepherd’s Pie as much as I do? We didn’t have the traditional version growing up. My mom made “Meat and Potato Stuff.” No, I’m not kidding. (We also had “Chicken and Broccoli Stuff.” Bless your heart Mom.) Meat and Potato Stuff had tomato sauce and was basically Sloppy Joe Casserole. (Which explains why I was not into it. Sloppy Joes are gross. Slop sloppy joes…slop, sloppy joes.)
THIS Shepherd’s Pie however, is anything but sloppy. You make a flavorful gravy with beef broth and ground beef, add some peas and carrots, and cover it up with All The Potatoes. In my opinion, the greatest fault of most Shepherd’s Pies is a serious lack of creamy potato-y goodness. It’s all meat, tiny potatoes. Not gonna cut it for this mashed potato freak. 5 pounds definitely does the trick though!
Top it off with some cheddar cheese that you broil for a few minutes to make it extra crispy. Mm-mm. Invite the neighbors because this casserole feeds a small army!
Try not to drop your plate of shredded cheese on top.
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by The Food Charlatan
*I’m a little obsessed with Better Than Bouillon. I use 1 teaspoon of the stuff per cup of water to equal however many cups of broth I need. (so for this recipe, 1 and 1/2 cups water + 1 and 1/2 teaspoons paste.) I tried this the second time with 1 and 1/2 cups beef broth from a box, but I still added one teaspoon of Better than Bouillon. It just adds so much flavor!
All of the seasonings in the mashed potatoes are totally according to taste, of course! If it doesn’t taste like you want to eat 12 more bites when you taste it, add more salt 🙂
More casseroles to love!
Easy Cheesy Ravioli Lasagna << family classic right here! Too easy.
Chicken and Broccoli Stuff << my mom’s recipe!
Chicken Crepes << another one from my mom. It’s soooooo good.
More Shepherd’s Pie from friends!
Easy Shepherd’s Pie from Simply Recipes << this is the recipe that inspired my version. Elise’s blog is so amazing!
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie from Budget Bytes << I’m trying this version next!
Shepherd’s Pie from Life in the Lofthouse
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