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Shepherds Pie or what to do when you have left over mashed potatoes

I combined a few recipes I found and added some things because i had them.


Saute 1/2 an onion chopped,

2 carrots chopped,

1 sliced zucchini,

1 clove garlic,

salt, pepper, basil and thyme

in olive oil until cooked but crunchy. Remove from pan.

Brown about 1/2 lb ground beef, and drain the grease. (drain it - it's gross, it's NOT gravy)

Add about 1/2 cup each peas and corn, frozen is ok don't stress it.


Now make a "gravy" in a small sauce pan:

melt 2 tbsp butter and when bubbly whisk in

2 tbsp flour (I use pancake mix because it is better, and no this is NOT "good for you") That thickens up quick so be ready to add about 1/2 cup broth (i use a cube in water) some wine (I've tried red or white both have been good) and about 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce. This gets thick over low heat in a minute keep whisking it. Then stir into the meat mix, add the veggie mix and smell it with your eyes closed. Make that expression like you are quietly remembering that time in 3rd grade that boy said he liked your dress and shared his fruit roll up with you. Stop don't eat it all, yet.

Spread it in a pan. Grate some cheese on top, I used Gruyere and it was good.

Now spread the mashed potatoes on top. Ours already had some sour cream and butter and love and cream cheese in them from the night before, but the potatoes you have will be fine.

Now more cheese. And paprika (which I dare anyone to say they can actually taste).

Cook it in an oven, eh...lets say 350 degrees and about 15 minutes.

It helps presentation a lot to broil at the last minute and make the top crispy.


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Taken on March 20, 2008