Comfort food means different things to different people, but to me it means food that I would not eat on a daily basis. Food that makes my waistline expand. Food that makes my mouth water. Food that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Food that is quick and easy to prepare, but tastes like it took all day to make.Shepherd's Pie fits the bill perfectly. It warms the tummy and satisfies the palate. Tons of vegetables are packed into the mix, which worked out well for me since Bradley ate a ton of this. I used beef instead of lamb since that's what my family prefers, but you can always swap it out if you'd rather have lamb. Make this on a chilly fall night--it has comfort food written all over it!
For the potatoes:
- 1 1/2 lbs. russet potatoes
- 1/4 cup half-and-half
- 2 oz. unsalted butter
- 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tbsp. canola oil
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced small
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. tomato paste
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp. freshly chopped rosemary leaves
- 1 tsp. freshly chopped thyme leaves
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen English peas
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling. Place the canola oil into a 12-inch saute pan and set over medium high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and carrots and saute just until they begin to take on color, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add the beef, salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of grease from the pan. Sprinkle the meat with the flour and toss to coat, continuing to cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste, chicken broth, Worcestershire, rosemary, thyme, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer slowly 10 to 12 minutes or until the sauce is thickened slightly.
Add the corn and peas to the beef mixture and spread evenly into an 11 by 7-inch glass baking dish. Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up and smooth with a rubber spatula. Place on a parchment lined half sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown. Remove to a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Source: Adapted from Food Network