Shepard's Pie

February 17, 2010

  We tried another new recipe this week out of Rachel Ray's magizine, this one was good...unlike that soup I made last week. Yuck. If your making it for my family especially use two pounds of ground beef, otherwise it isn't very filling. Jeremy and I managed to eat half the thing in one sitting. But it was very tasty. I also added Worcestershire sauce to the mushrooms while I was cooking them and cajun seasoning and garlic to the beef. I just can't make anything with beef without those three things.

Everyday with Rachel Ray: Double Decker Shepard's Pie


  • 2 1/2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • One 8-ounce package white mushrooms, caps quartered and stems chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 bunch scallions, green portions thinly sliced, white portions finely chopped
  • 1 large poblano chile, seeded and finely chopped


  1. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425°. In a saucepan, combine the potatoes with salted water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water; return the potatoes to the pot. Mash with the cream until smooth; season with salt.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes; transfer to a plate. Crumble the beef evenly across the pan and cook, undisturbed, until the liquid cooks off and the meat begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Lower the heat to medium and stir in the finely chopped scallions, the poblano, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in the reserved mushrooms, 1/4 cup mashed potatoes and the reserved 1 cup cooking water. Lower the heat and simmer until the juices are thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread slightly more than half of the potatoes evenly in a greased 9-by-11-inch baking dish. Spoon the meat mixture evenly on top, then spoon the remaining mashed potatoes evenly across the filling to enclose. Bake until lightly golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with the sliced scallions; let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
I'm not going to lie though, I also added hot sauce to it. I can't live without hotsauce.