Rooted Shepherd's Pie

I've been working on something BIG, but it's not finished yet. Well, I think it's big. I hope you will too. Gosh, what if you don't? It's just taking a little longer than I anticipated. I thought I would be able to post it today, but I can't just yet.

Anyway. In the meantime, I figured I'd share a little recipe that I absolutely love. I love this stuff so much, I eat it for dessert after I eat it for dinner. Love love love! It has everything I love in it. Mashed potatoes. Corn. Wine.


It's shepherd's pie. And it's another one of those recipes that doesn't need certain ingredients. But this is how I put it together the other night.

Pick out your vegetables. I used corn, a sweet onion, radishes, carrots, minced garlic, and then I decided it needed something green. So I ran out to the garden and cut a bunch of spinach to add.


Look at my beautiful spinach! I grew that! From a seed!




After the veggies are cooked, I put those in a bowl to the side. Then I threw some ground pork in the pan. You can pick out your meat: lamb is the traditional meat (shepherd's), but pork was really good, and beef is good too. I bet you could use ground chicken too, it just needs to be ground up.



While all of this is cooking, I was also boiling some potatoes. I really prefer to make mashed potatoes for a meal, and then use the leftovers for the shepherd's pie. But I have trouble keeping mashed potatoes in the house. And on this particular night, I really wanted some shepherd's pie.

When the meat was browned, I added back the veggies. Now for the seasonings. Noemi has eczema on her neck, but I've figured out that it's because of peppers. So I try to avoid peppers and black pepper. (I'm hoping she gets better about it before our peppers start growing. I love peppers wrapped in bacon.) All that to say, you can use pepper, but I didn't. I used some Italian seasonings, a good splash (or 3) of red wine, and salt.


I cooked everything in my cast iron frying pan, so after I got the mashed potatoes mixed up, I just dumped them on top. You can sprinkle some cheese on top of the potatoes, but I didn't have any. I put butter, sour cream, milk, and salt in the potatoes. (Lots of butter. Butter is what makes the world turn around. And really awesome mashed potatoes.)


Since everything was hot, and the pan was hot, I didn't have to bake it very long. Just 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. If you put cheese, let it get a little browned. If you don't, let the potatoes get a little crispy on top.


Eat and be happy. And then have some for dessert too.


6 comments

  1. What a wonderful meal! We love shepherd's pie... it is good, healthy and such a comfort food. :)

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  2. I miss you.:) Looks yummy! Mom

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  3. I have never made this….your version looks delicious! Pinning! Blessings from "Espressos of Faith" via #SimplyInspiredWednesdays!

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  4. Yum, it's breakfast time here and I think I could eat that now. It looks delicious and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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  5. This looks great! I have never made shepherd's pie! Will pin :) Thank you for also joining the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week!

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