Shepherds Pie: No shepherds or sheep dogs were injured for this recipe


Here’s my recipe for DC’s Shepherds Pie, or Shepherd’s Pie, or even Shepherds’ Pie. You will notice that in lieu of actual shepherds I have opted to make this traditional Irish meal with beef. However I have added Sheep Dogs as you will see.

ShepPie

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves smashed
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • A few shakes of Montreal Steak Spice
  • A shake of cumin
  • A dash or two of Tabasco Sauce
  • 3/4 cup of corn kernels
  • 5-6 potatoes
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Hot Dog wieners

Remove the mashable spuds, drain them and return to the pot. Using a smasher bash the bejaysus out of them  while adding mayonnaise, butter, milk and cheese

In a deep frying pan heat the olive oil on medium and plunk in the finely chopped onion.  Place a lid on the pan and sweat the onions until they are transparent, about seven minutes or so. Smash the garlic cloves and remove the papery skin. Keep chopping until they are almost a paste. Add garlic to onions and cook for a couple of minutes. Smack in the beef and brown thoroughly. While browning add Montreal Steak Spice, cumin and Tabasco sauce, stirring frequently. Once browned at the beef stock and ketchup, turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to medium and let simmer for five minutes. Add the corn and salt and pepper and simmer for five more minutes. Once done pour the mixture into a nine-inch square Pyrex.

You will notice that in lieu of actual shepherds I have opted to make this traditional Irish meal with beef

Then, or if you’re very well coordinated you could have been doing this simultaneously, peel the taters, quarter them and put them in a pot of water. Bring the water to a boil and in fifteen minutes or so they will be ready for mashing. Remove the mashable spuds, drain them and return to the pot. Using a smasher bash the bejaysus out of them  while adding mayonnaise, butter, milk and cheese.

Pop the mashed spuds on top of the meat in the Pyrex, and smooth out the surface. Sprinkle on some grated cheese and place the wieners on top. The reason for these is so that when people say “Hey, hot dogs” you can point out that as the plate is Shepherds  Pie, they are in fact not hot dogs but Sheep Dogs!

Bang the Pyrex in a pre-heated oven at 375 for about 20 minutes. Voila, DC’s Shepherds Pie featuring real sheep dogs.

Logo_3DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that. a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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