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Shepherd's Pie

Serves 4-6
Cuisine: English
Category: Casseroles, Old-School Classics
The best Shepherd's Pie recipe with lean ground beef, vegetables, and deep flavor in every bite. A hearty comfort food recipe to make for a special family meal.
Prep Time
30 mins
Other Time
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
  • 1 1/2 pounds Certified Angus Beef ® ground beef, 90% lean
  • 1 1/2 pounds Idaho® potatoes
  • 2 medium parsnips (1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon rendered bacon fat or butter
  • 1 onion, small dice
  • 1 carrot, small dice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Lea & Perrins® Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons medium ground yellow cornmeal
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 10-inch cast-iron skillet
  1. Peel potatoes and parsnips. Cut into 1-inch chunks, cover with salted water in a pot and boil until tender.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, simmer bacon fat, onion, carrot, garlic, rosemary, thyme and oregano for 5 minutes. Add ground beef, increase heat to medium and brown until no pink remains, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire, salt, red pepper, flour and cornmeal; remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Pass potatoes through a food mill or mash with a potato masher. Stir in butter, sour cream and nutmeg. Add salt and pepper to taste if desired. Top beef mixture with mashed potatoes, spreading evenly and to the edges. Bake until potatoes are golden, about 25 minutes.
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