Shepherd’s Pie Is The Dish You’re Missing In Your Life

Happy Pi Day! No, we don’t mean “P-I-E.” Today is 3/14, and the number “pi” = 3.14, so that makes it Pi Day. We know—it’s pretty nerdy, but what better occasion than this to celebrate a legendary comfort food that’s also one heck of a pie (though not the type you’d expect to have for dessert)? We’re talking about one of our all-time favorites: shepherd’s pie.

One of the best things about shepherd’s pie is that it has a lot to discover. Made with many ingredients and multiple layers, there are tons of flavors to catch in every forkful. The first layer is comprised of ground meat, usually lamb—hence the “shepherd” part of the name—although ground beef is also common. The meat is sautéed alongside a medley of vegetables, like onions, carrots, celery, parsnips, garlic—whatever you like, really—and transferred to the oven, in a pan or baking dish that the meal will ultimately be served in! Is there a more comfort-food-appropriate presentation? Because it’s so near and dear to our hearts, Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Beef and Vegetables is now on our menu!

Recipe by: Chef Elana
Serves: 3
Total time: 40-50 minutes

12 ounces Yukon Gold potatoes
1 onion
1 carrot
4 ounces parsnip
½ bunch chives
12 ounces ground beef
½ tablespoon butter
¼ cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon tomato paste
½ teaspoon chicken base
1 tablespoon flour
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup water
kosher salt
black pepper

1. Prepare Ingredients

Preheat broiler to high. Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Peel onion and mince. Rinse carrot and parsnip and cut both into small dice. Rinse chives and thinly slice. Pat beef dry with paper towel.

2. Make Mashed Potatoes

Place potatoes in a medium pot and cover with cold water. Add a generous pinch salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until fork tender, 10-12 minutes. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add butter and cream and, using a potato masher or fork, mash until completely smooth. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Set aside.

3. Brown Beef

While potatoes cook, heat a large highsided ovenproof pan over medium-high heat. When pan is just smoking, add beef, season with salt and pepper, and cook, breaking up with the back of a spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl.

4. Season Beef

Wipe pan from beef clean and add 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add onion, carrot, and parsnip. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Return beef to pan and stir to combine. Stir in tomato paste and cook until brick red, 2-3 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together chicken base with 1 cup water.

5. Make Gravy

Reduce heat under beef and vegetables to medium and sprinkle over flour. Stir until completely combined, about 1 minute. Slowly pour over Worcestershire sauce and chicken base mixture. Stir and cook until sauce is thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat.

6. Broil Shepherd’s Pie

Spread mashed potatoes evenly over beef. Place pan under broiler and cook until potatoes are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle over chives. Serve Shepherd’s Pie hot, family style.

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