There are many variations on how the shepherd’s pie was named. For Joe, their mother used to tell them that there were a bunch of starving shepherds who mixed all their leftovers and created this wonderful dish. Another reason why it was called shepherd’s pie is because of its main ingredient: lamb, which shepherds take care of. Even though there are different backstories to this pie, one thing is for sure—it is absolutely delicious! It is easy to make and some of its ingredients can be changed depending on what you prefer. Some use lamb or even beef for its meat, others don’t like cheese so they leave it be. This pie is great to share with family especially on a holiday or get-together.
Wondering what it tastes like? Wait for John’s food review at the end of this video as he gives his brother’s shepherd’s pie a taste.
½ cup onion, minced
3 sweet peppers, chopped
30 oz whole kernel corn (frozen or canned)
2 lbs ground beef (80/20)
lbs ground pork
½ cup beef broth/bouillon
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
15 oz Peas (frozen or canned)
Salt & Pepper to taste
5-6 Potatoes, washed
½ cup butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup milk
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup Colby jack cheese
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters. Place in a medium-sized pot and add a teaspoon of salt. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until softened. (Approx. 20 mins)
2. While waiting for the potatoes, sauté the minced onion. Once tender, add the chopped sweet peppers and kernel corn.
3. After a short while, place the beef and pork into the mixture. Cook until it's no longer pink. Season it with salt and pepper.
4. Pour the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce into the pan. Mix together and bring it to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Cook for 10 mins.
5. Add the peas and set them aside.
6. Once the potatoes are done, remove from the pot and place in a bowl. Put the softened butter in the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper then mashed it. Pour milk slowly while mashing until desired thickness and creaminess is achieved.
7. Preheat the oven to 350˚F and prepare a baking dish. Spread the beef mixture in an even layer then cover it with the mashed potatoes. Add a layer of the Colby jack and cheddar cheese on top.
8. Put in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Cook until it turns brown and bubbling. Remove from the oven.
9. Serve while hot. Enjoy!
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