I Cooked: Shepherd’s Pie

DH and I recently discovered the show “Kitchen Nightmares” with Gordon Ramsay.  If you’ve never seen the show, Chef Ramsay goes to a different failing restaurant each week to fix the problems and make it into a successful business.  There’s a lot of yelling and cursing, but it’s pretty entertaining.

One episode had an Irish restaurant and pub in rich-people-ville with awful food.  Chef Ramsay actually puked after eating their shepherd’s pie.  The fix for this restaurant included Gordon’s family recipe for shepherd’s pie.  Of course, this made me think about making one myself, so off to Allrecipes I went.  I found this recipe for an Americanized Shepherd’s Pie and followed it pretty closely.  The only difference was that I used vegetable beef soup instead of vegetable soup, and I mixed the cheese in with the potatoes instead of adding it at the end.

It was easy to cook and tasted pretty decent.  The only problem I ran into was that the prep took longer than I thought – and that was with DH peeling the potatoes.  If I were to make it again, I’d include a mix of fresh(or thawed frozen) veggies and use beef broth instead of canned soup.  I’d also add some other spices to the dish.  To make the prep go faster, use leftover mashed potatoes.  I also don’t know if the cheese made much of a difference in flavor, so I’ll try leaving it out next time.

This pie was pretty good the second day, but not as good as next-day spaghetti.  To reheat it evenly I had to mix the beef and the potatoes together into a mushy, unappetizing looking mess.  That might be avoided if I were to reheat it in the oven.

Either way, shepherd’s pie is good old fashioned comfort food.


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