Shepherd’s Pie

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This classic British dish is the perfect meal for Fall! Local, pasture-raised ground beef from Firsthand Foods, cooked with onions, carrots, and fresh herbs. The flavors come together for a balanced, delicious filling that’s not too heavy. Topped with mashed potatoes and roasted in the oven for a golden crisp! This dish hits all of the food groups and is very easy to prepare. With 4-5 servings it’s a perfect family dinner, or make it for yourself and a friend and you’ll have plenty of leftovers!

Prep time: 45 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Serves 4-5

• 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
• 2 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled, cubed
• 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
• 1/2 cup milk, any fat
• 1/2 tsp. salt & 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 lb. ground beef
• 1 yellow onion, chopped
• 1 carrot, chopped
• 1 cup beef or chicken broth
• 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
• 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced
• 1 Tbsp. fresh Italian parsley, minced
• 1 green bell pepper, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 375F.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add russet potatoes and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain once they are done. Add milk, butter, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Mash with a fork until smooth. Add additional salt to taste.

3. While the potatoes cook, heat vegetable oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add ground beef, chopped onion, and chopped carrot. Cook until ground beef is browned and vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

4. Drain the fat from the pan, then add broth, tomato paste, rosemary, Italian parsley, bell pepper, and 1/2 tsp. salt. Stir and simmer until the liquid thickens, about 10 minutes. Add additional salt to taste, remove from heat.

5. If your pan is oven-safe, you can bake the Shepherd’s Pie in it. Otherwise, transfer meat filling to a baking dish. Spread mashed potatoes over the filling, crosshatching and spreading them evenly with a fork.

6. Bake Shepherd’s Pie in the oven for 30-35 minutes until potatoes are turning crisp on top. Turn on broiler to high, and cook additional 1-3 minutes until topping is golden brown. Keep a close eye on the potatoes while broiling, so as not to burn them.

7. Remove Shepherd’s Pie from oven and allow 5 minutes to cool. Serve!

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