Shepherd’s pie or cottage pie … فطيرة الراعي او فطيرة الكوخ

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One of the most comfort food dishes that my kids love to have for dinner. This pie made with minced beef topped with mashed potatoes and sprinckled with bread crumbs … so delicious.


Ingredients:

  •  3 large potatoes, peeled and quartered 
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter
  •  1/4 cup half and a half
  •  2 tbs vegetable oil
  •  1 medium onion diced
  •  1 cup peas (optional)
  •  1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 cup beef broth 
  •  2 tbs flour
  •  1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  •  Salt, pepper to taste

For the topping:

  • 4 tbs plain bread crumbs 
  • 1 tbs butter

Method:

  1. Boil the potatoes: Place the peeled and quartered potatoes in medium sized pot. Cover with at least an inch of cold water. Add a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until tender 
  2. meanwhile, Add 2 tbs of the oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the diced onions and cook until translucent (approximately 5 minutes).
  3. Add the ground beef to the pan with the onions and Cook until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle the meat with the flour and toss to coat
  5. Add the Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Bring the mixture to a simmer and reduce the heat to low. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth if necessary to keep the meat from drying out.
  6. At this time, add the peas ( if used).
  7. When the potatoes are done cooking (a fork can easily pierce), remove them from the pot and place them in a bowl with the 2 tbs of butter, half and a half and salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher until smooth.
  8. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spread the ground beef mixture if in an even layer in a large oven safe baking dish (11×7).
  9. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the ground beef. 
  10. Spread bread crumbs evenly on top of the mashed potatoes and dotted with the 1 tbs of butter.
  11.  Bake the Shepard’s pie in the middle rack of the preheated oven and cook until golden brown about 30 minutes. 

Enjoy!

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