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13 November 2011

Recipe: Shepherd's Pot Pie

Or, the Carb-Lover's Dream Pie

It's a savory pie with a pastry bottom crust and a potato top crust. And it is freakin' DELICIOUS. Oh boy, a new favorite! And I kinda sorta made it up!

To be clear: this is not your classic shepherd's pie (meat filling topped with a potato crust) or pot pie (meat filling topped with pastry crust). The main difference is that this pie has a bottom crust. This way, you get the best of both worlds -- potatoes and pastry! What could be better?




Materials:

  • oven
  • large deep pot
  • large shallow pan
  • small saucepot
  • 9" pie dish

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen pastry pie crust, thawed
  • 1 lb beef or lamb, ground or chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 8 oz frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 package brown gravy mix
  • 1/2 c Marsala wine
  • 2 baking potatoes
  • 2-4 tbsp butter
  • 1-2 c milk
  • 1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 slice sharp Cheddar, cut into small bits
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Bring pot of salted water to boil; boil potatoes 8-10 min or until soft. Drain.
  • While potatoes boil, combine gravy mix, 1/2 c wine, and 1/2 c water in small saucepot. Prepare according to package instructions.
  • Heat pan & oil over med-high; begin browning meat.
  • Mash potatoes with butter, milk, Parmesan, oregano, and salt/pepper while the meat browns.
  • Stir meat to ensure even cooking. Gravy should be simmered well enough by now.
  • Line the dish with the pie crust.
  • Top crust with meat, veggies, gravy, potatoes, and Cheddar pieces (in that order).
  • Bake 30-25 minutes. Broil a further 2 minutes if needed.

Alterations/Advice:

  • If not using ground meat, use a fairly tender cut.
  • If using fatty meat, you may not need the oil during the browning step.
  • Add onion or leek for a more, y'know, onion-y flavor.
  • Savory mushrooms may be used in place of meat for a vegetarian version.
  • Leave the skins on the potatoes for extra nutrients and fiber.
  • Whole wheat or homemade crust would probably be a tiny bit healthier, though not really by much honestly.

If you try it, let me know what you think!


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