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Shepherd's Pie

Source: Katie Brown Entertains
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  45 Minutes
  Serves 6
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups small pearl onions, peeled and halved
3 cloves garlic thinly sliced
3/4 cup celery chopped (approximately 2 stalks)
2 cups mushrooms cleaned and sliced
3 tablespoons flour
2 pounds ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup beef stock
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup (plus a bit for garnish), roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
Garlic mashed potatoes (recipe link follows)
1/4 cup, grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup, grated cheddar cheese
Other necessary recipes:
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add pearl onions, toss, cover, and steam until they begin to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and celery and stir. Add mushrooms and cook until they give off liquid and start to brown, approximately 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of flour, stir, and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add meat, break it up, season with salt and pepper, and cook until browned. Add stock, tomato paste, thyme, and pepper flakes and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until gravy thickens and is absorbed by meat. Stir in 1/2 cup parsley and remaining flour.

Pour filling in a deep pie dish and let cool.

Spread the mashed potatoes on top of the meat. Sprinkle potatoes with Parmesan and Cheddar cheeses. Bake pie for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining chopped parsley. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Hints and Clues

Allow all the liquid to be absorbed by the meat and vegetables so it doesn't spill out later.
If you cannot find pearl onions, just chop and add the onions you have at hand.
You can use leftover cooked hamburger meat rather than raw, or make the meat a day ahead and reheat it before cooking.
Top the pie with the Parmesan and Cheddar cheeses to help with the browning process. As the cheese bakes, it makes a nice crust on top of the potatoes.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Harper Collins. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6
Calories: 635
Fat. Total: 38g
Fiber: 3g
Carbohydrates, Total: 33g
Sodium: 323mg
% Cal. from Fat: 54%
Cholesterol: 102mg
Protein: 42g
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Rating: 4
by: ROBERT, CA Reviewed: 05/05/2009
A couple of options....
1) to the browning mixture, add 1 finely chopped fresh serrano chile. This adds a bit of "zing" to the final product, but doesn't overpower it. 2) If you can find it, use ground bison in place of the ground beef. -- That will turn the rating to "5 cups"
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