My family loves Shepherd’s Pie and I love that I can make multiple servings with just as much effort as you would put in for a single meal. This recipe is an excellent make ahead freezer meal. Ok, so you’re peeling a few more pounds of potatoes but trust me, it’s worth it in the long run. I just grab my 10 lb bag of potatoes, my peeler, and a HUGE bowl. I put on an episode of Suits to keep me entertained and plunk my back side on the couch. Once I get my Harvey Specter fix, I’m usually done peeling all the potatoes and I hit the kitchen to do the rest of the chopping, boiling and frying.
Shepherd’s Pie is a great make ahead freezer meal that is very affordable to make. You can cut back on the amount of potatoes by substituting parsnips or completely replace the potatoes and make a cauliflower or rutabaga mash. Replace the all-purpose flour with rice flour for a gluten free version. So delicious!!
- 3 lbs potatoes (I prefer Russets or Yukon gold)
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tbsp butter
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ medium onion , finely chopped
- 2 carrots , finely diced
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp allspice seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- ¾ cup beef stock
- 1 tbsp flour
- ½ cup frozen peas
- ½ cup frozen corn
Place 3 lbs of peeled and chopped potatoes in a large pot with cold water and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are fork tender.
Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan over medium heat. When heated, add the olive oil and onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes until onions start to become translucent.
Add the carrots, cooking for an additional 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink.
Add the worchestershire sauce, salt and allspice seasoning into the cooked meat mixture and stir until well combined.
Sprinkle the flour overtop of the mixture and pour in the beef stock. Stir together and allow sauce to bubble. This will help thicken the sauce. Once the sauce has thicken add the frozen vegetables. Give it a quick stir to combine and set aside off the heat.
By this time your potatoes should be cooked. Strain the potatoes and place them back in the hot pot. Add the milk, butter and salt. Mash the potatoes with your preferred technique.
Spread the meat mixture out evenly along the bottom of an ovenproof casserole dish. Spoon the mashed potatoes over top of the meat. Top with a cup of shredded cheese if you wish to make it extra fancy.
At this point you can place the shepherd’s pie in the oven to eat or in the freezer to save for another day. Cook in the oven at 350 F until heated through and the potatoes are golden brown on top, about 20 minutes.
If you are freezing, take it out the night before and defrost overnight in the fridge. Cook in the oven at 350 F until heated through, about 30 minutes.