Shepherd’s Pie is an English dish, traditionally made with lamb or mutton. Americans typically make Shepherd’s Pie with beef. The English (and Australians and New Zealanders) call the beef dish a “cottage pie”. Naming conventions aside, Shepherd’s Pie is essentially a casserole, lined with cooked meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked.
Shepard’s Pie is one of my comfort foods. I remember as a kid, loving this dish. Right now I am exploring the option to eat and buy less meat for my family and I. I have not cut it out completely because I think my kids would only eat pasta all day long. I am trying sneaky ways to do this without anyone complaining. In this dish I use Yves ‘beef’ crumbles. No one knew…..hehehe!
1 package Yves ‘beef’ crumbles
1 onion chopped
1-2 cups vegetables – chopped carrots, corn, peas, celery, brocolli (anything you want to use up in your fridge, really)
2 potatoes + one med size sweet pototoe
milk or any other substitute
1/2 cup beef or chicken broth
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce and/or soy sauce
Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice
1 Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).
2 While the potatoes are cooking, spray frying pan with non-stick oil.
3 Sauté onions until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions.
4Add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist. Add ‘beef’ right at the end and mix in with the veggies.
5Mash potatoes in bowl with milk, season to taste.
6Place ‘beef’ and vegies in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.
7 Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.
Serves: 6 Generous servings
Weight Watchers Point Plus Value 5+