Classic Shepherd's Pie
with mashed potatoes / mushrooms / peas / carrots
Deconstructed shepherd's pie is a long-time favorite in our community members' kitchens, so we're bringing you a new variation! This version takes a few (optional) extra minutes so you can run the dish under broiler and crisp up the mashed potato topping.
- Onions - 1, diced
- Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, white and green parts separate
- Mushrooms, any brown - 12 oz, diced
- Potatoes, russet (sub any baking potato) - 1 lb, peeled and cubed
- Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 387 g) - 1 can, rinsed and drained
- Peas and carrots, frozen - 2 cups
- Tomatoes, diced (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
- Cornstarch - 1 1/2 tsp
- Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
- Shepherd's pie spice mix (ingredients listed separately) - ~1 Tbsp
- Vinegar, red wine - 1 tsp
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 tsp
- Sour cream - 1/4 cup
- Butter - 1 Tbsp
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Garlic powder - 1 tsp
- Mustard powder (opt) - 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
- Thyme, dried - 1/2 tsp
- Parsley, dried (opt) - 1/2 tsp
- Spice mix - Combine all ingredients for spice mix. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Onions / Green onions - Prep as directed. Combine onions and white parts of green onions in one container. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Mushrooms - Chop mushrooms. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Potatoes - Peel and cube. Soak in water if not using right away to prevent them from turning brown. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Beans / Peas and carrots - Combine in a colander and run under warm tap water to defrost peas and carrots.
- Tomatoes - Toss tomatoes (including juice) with cornstarch to coat.
- Turn on the oven's broiler and place an oven rack about 6" / 15cm under the heat source. We recommend broiling your assembled shepherd's pie. If you prefer skip this step, no need to turn on the broiler (you'll lose a bit of texture in the finished dish).
- Place potatoes into a saucepan and cover with cold water and some salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 12 to 15 minutes until potatoes can be easily pierced by a knife. Drain and let sit in a colander for ~5 minutes to let the steam escape (this creates creamier potatoes vs. liquidy potatoes).
- While potatoes are cooking, heat a skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and mushrooms to heated oil. Saute until mushrooms are deep golden brown, ~5 minutes. Add onions and white parts of green onions to hot oil. Saute until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add spice mix and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute more.
- Add beans, carrots and peas and saute to heat through, ~1 minute. Stir in vinegar, soy sauce and tomatoes and simmer until a thick sauce forms, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Transfer filling to a lightly greased 8" x 8" / 20cm x 20cm baker.
- Use a masher to mash steamed potatoes with sour cream and butter. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon over top of filling and spread to evenly cover.
- Broil for 8 to 12 minutes, until the top is golden brown and crisp. (If you're short on time, you can skip the broiling, but you'll lose a bit of texture.) Sprinkle with green parts of green onions and enjoy!
Very tasty! It took me a long time to put together, for that reason I might be reluctant to make it again. I have made it twice!0 Helpful
Good directions, easy to make, and very tasty basic shepherd's pie. Used about 1.3 pounds of ground beef and that worked well (in a 7x11 casserole).0 Helpful
This is a little pedantic, but I have to say: shepherd's pie is made with minced lamb. Cottage pie is made with beef mince.0 Helpful
Tasty, but I prefer some of the other shepard's pie recipes here. The hamburger was a bit underwhelming.0 Helpful
Good solid dinner0 Helpful
So delicious! Much better than expected.0 Helpful