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Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

Yummmm, another Tuesday and another comforting classics post up! Get ready for this one you guys! Super easy shepherd’s pie. This is another dish that is just like getting a hug for the soul. So warm and full of flavor, you will have to go back for seconds!

Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie... So warm and full of flavor, you will have to go back for seconds!Basically my version of a shepherd’s pie is a super hearty and thick beef stew topped with creamy Parmesan mashed potatoes. Traditionally, shepherd’s pie is made with lamb and feel free to substitute the real thing!

Easy Homemade Shepherd’s Pie
 
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ pound beef chuck roast (or lamb), trimmed of excess fat and cut into ½ - 1 inch cubes
  • 2 Tbls vegetable oil
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and small dice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, peeled and roots removed
  • 1 packet au jus powder (like you find with all the sauce packets)
  • ½ Cup dry red wine
  • 3 Cup water
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Cup frozen peas
  • 5 russet potatoes, medium sized, peeled and cut in medium dice
  • 6 Tbls unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbls sour cream
  • ⅓ Cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano, loose packed
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In large stock pot over medium high heat, add the vegetable oil and sear off the meat in batches. You are looking for a nice dark brown sear, place the meat in the hot pan and let it sit to sear. Do this in about 3 batches and set aside on a plate.
  2. Add in carrot and onion, sautee for about 3 minutes and add in the garlic. Cook unit the garlic is fragrant about 30 seconds, add the red wine. Scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan with the back of a wooden spoon or something that wont hurt your pan. In a separate bowl, mix the au jus packet with the 3 cups of cold water until the powder dissolves. Add this to the pan with the meat, adding any juices that have run off the meat. Add in the bay leaves and dried thyme to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and let cook on a simmer for 4 hours until the meat is extremely tender, stirring occasionally. If it gets too dry for your taste add in some water ½ cup at a time and taste the broth as you go to make sure it doesn't get too salty. If you need to make the stew thicker to your taste, thicken with a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water whisked together.)
  3. Make the potatoes during the last hour to hour and a half of cook time for the stew. Place the peeled and cubed potatoes into a pan covered with cold water. Boil potatoes until fork tender about 20-30 minutes. Drain off water.
  4. Add in the butter, sour cream and parmigiano. Mash with a potato masher, taste and add salt and pepper to your taste. Set aside.
  5. When the stew is done cooking, stir in the frozen peas, add it to a pie pan and discard the bay leaves. You can also take out the onion petals or leave them in, either way is delicious!
  6. Add the potatoes on top of the stew in dollops and evenly spread out the mash over the whole dish, leaving a ½ inch ring around the outside of the pan.
  7. Add a little more parmigiano reggiano on top, about 2 Tbls.
  8. Cook in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown and bubbly. To speed up the browning process you can turn on the broiler, but watch it very closely!
  9. Serve on it's own or with biscuits, enjoy!

Step by Step Directions

Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie... So warm and full of flavor, you will have to go back for seconds!

In large stock pot over medium high heat, add the vegetable oil and sear off the meat in batches. You are looking for a nice dark brown sear, place the meat in the hot pan and let it sit to sear. Do this in about 3 batches and set aside on a plate.

Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie... So warm and full of flavor, you will have to go back for seconds!

Add in carrot and onion, sautee for about 3 minutes and add in the garlic. Cook unit the garlic is fragrant about 30 seconds, add the red wine. Scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan with the back of a wooden spoon or something that wont hurt your pan. In a separate bowl, mix the au jus packet with the 3 cups of cold water until the powder dissolves. Add this to the pan with the meat, adding any juices that have run off the meat. Add in the bay leaves and dried thyme to the pot. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and let cook on a simmer for 4 hours until the meat is extremely tender, stirring occasionally. If it gets too dry for your taste add in some water 1/2 cup at a time and taste the broth as you go to make sure it doesn’t get too salty. If you need to make the stew thicker to your taste, thicken with a cornstarch slurry (equal parts cornstarch and water whisked together.)

Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie... So warm and full of flavor, you will have to go back for seconds!

Make the potatoes during the last hour to hour and a half of cook time for the stew. Place the peeled and cubed potatoes into a pan covered with cold water. Boil potatoes until fork tender about 20-30 minutes. Drain off water.
Add in the butter, sour cream and parmigiano. Mash with a potato masher, taste and add salt and pepper to your taste. Set aside.

Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie... So warm and full of flavor, you will have to go back for seconds!

When the stew is done cooking, stir in the frozen peas, add it to a pie pan and discard the bay leaves. You can also take out the onion petals or leave them in, either way is delicious!

Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie... So warm and full of flavor, you will have to go back for seconds!

Add the potatoes on top of the stew in dollops and evenly spread out the mash over the whole dish, leaving a 1/2 inch ring around the outside of the pan.
Add a little more parmigiano reggiano on top, about 2 Tbls.

Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie... So warm and full of flavor, you will have to go back for seconds!

Cook in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown and bubbly. To speed up the browning process you can turn on the broiler, but watch it very closely!
Serve on it’s own or with biscuits, enjoy!

It sounds like a lot of steps but I assure you it is super easy! You don’t even have to mess around with any stocks, just buy the au jus packet and BAM! I really hope you enjoyed this recipe, let me know how it comes out!

Dana's-SignatureMake sure to check out Parrish’s comforting classics post for this week by clicking on the image below:

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Past comforting classics posts:

Salted Caramel Brownies | Homemade Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

Chicken Alfredo Ravioli Bake | Creamy Chicken Pot Pie

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18 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    Crystelle says:
    January 21, 2014

    Oh my!! Your shepherd’s pie looks to die for!! Or to eat for anyway….

    Have a very happy and delicious week!!
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  2. avatar
    January 21, 2014

    My mom makes her shepherds pie with ground beef and I hate it. I would however, have a double serving of this one! Thank you so much for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  3. avatar
    January 21, 2014

    Dana, I need me a big bowl of this! I make a gardener’s pie that is similar, but my husband doesn’t like anything that reminds him of beef from a roast so hence the “gardener’s” version but I love beef like this! Pinning!

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    Kaitlin Weiler says:
    January 24, 2014

    Oh my yum. My dad makes Shepherd’s Pie with ground beef, and I can never get behind it. But with chuck roast? I’m sold!

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    Marti says:
    January 24, 2014

    This looks soooooo good!! Pinning! Thank you so much for the invite to your Pinterest board!! I can’t wait to participate! I didn’t have your link party on my list so I added it to the list! It put it under Wednesday, is that right?

    Marti

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      Marti says:
      January 26, 2014

      I wanted to come back over and say thanks so much for sharing this! I pinned it to the party board, too!

      Marti

  6. avatar
    January 25, 2014

    YUM! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! This looks like the perfect comfort food for the winter weather! Thank you for linking up at Thursday STYLE! Have a great weekend 🙂

  7. avatar
    Liz says:
    January 26, 2014

    Thank you for the nice recipe, Dana. Have a Super Sunday!

  8. avatar
    T'onna says:
    January 27, 2014

    My hubby likes shepherd’s pie, so I may have to give this recipe a try! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

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    Stephanie says:
    January 27, 2014

    I love shepherds pie, but honestly yours looks way better than the one I make. Im going to have to give this a try!

  10. Hi Dana! Hopped over from Let’s Get Real today. This dish looks so good. I think my whole family would like…………and that’s not easy to do. The mashed potatoes look so good to me right now. The cheese makes it look so beautiful!

  11. avatar
    Kristina says:
    January 27, 2014

    That looks amazing. I never thought to try with beef stew. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  12. avatar
    Mika says:
    January 27, 2014

    Looks delicious. I’m sure going to try this recipe.

    Coming from Frugal Crafty blog hop. Come over my blog and make a comment or two. Thanks

  13. avatar
    January 28, 2014

    Yum…This looks delicious and would be a big hit at my house! Thanks for sharing it at the Hit Me With Your Best Shot Link Party last Tuesday! Hope to see you again tonight at 7EST! Excited to see what you’ve been up to!

    ~Ariean

  14. avatar
    January 30, 2014

    Just pinned this! It looks delicious. I think even my picky boys (husband included) would eat this! Thank you for sharing and thank you for linking up to the Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. Link Party. Hope to see you there again tonight!

  15. avatar
    February 10, 2014

    Just wanted you to know that your recipe is being featured in a round up of Romantic Dinner Ideas today on Simple Living and Eating.

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