Who hasn’t made Shepherds Pie some time or another? Ground Beef sauteed with onions in a beefy sauce, creamed corn and fluffy mashed potatoes. Now that’s comfort food at its best!
I make mine with a good quality ground beef (from the butcher), and saute with onions. You could also throw some mushrooms into the mix. I brown the meat because I think it gives the meat great flavor. Then I bind the ground beef mixture together with a little beef broth (or water) and cornstarch. The creamed corn and fluffy mashed potatoes come next in that order. Full of flavor, creamy, rich and comforting…Shepherds Pie, it’s the best you can get.
I’ve seen Shepherds Pie made a millions different ways. That’s what’s great about Shepherds Pie, you can basically make it any way you like.
How do you make yours?
- 1 to1-1/4 lb. good quality ground beef
- 1 15-1/2 oz. can creamed corn
- 4-5 large red potatoes
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Peel and cut potatoes and place in a large sauce pan covered with water. Boil until cooked, and mash as you would mashed potatoes.
- While potatoes are cooking, heat a large skillet medium high heat.
- Break up ground beef and place in skillet. Peel a medium onion, and chop. Place into skillet with ground beef. Continue cooking ground beef until onions and ground beef are starting to brown.
- Take approx. ¾ cup of beef broth and mix about 1-2 tsp cornstarch into broth. Add to ground beef mixture and continue cooking until mixture thickens. You can adjust thickness by adding more beef broth to thin, or adding more cornstarch liquid to thicken (never add cornstarch to mixture directly; always mix with liquid first).
- Set aside.
- In a ovenproof baking dish, first layer in the ground beef mixture. Next the can of creamed corn. Finally the mashed potato mixture. I spread it out somewhat even, and use the tines of a fork and make lines across the mashed potatoes. This helps brown the top of the mashed potatoes evenly.
- Bake in oven until mashed potatoes are browned on top and mixture is heated through.