Shepherd’s pie is a comforting dish consisting of creamy mashed potatoes on top of a rich and bubbly stew. While it was originally made with lamb in the UK, Ireland and the USA, cottage pie is a more common version. While the original version is made with leftover stew, modern recipes typically call for ground meat, which cooks quickly and doesn’t require leftovers. You will need to make buttery, sour crème-enriched mashed potato first. Then you’ll be making a delicious ground beef stew, with bacon, vegetables and wine. For easy cleanup, you can either put the mashed potatoes on top of the stew in a skillet or bake the layers in separate casserole dishes.
What you’ll need To Make Shepherd’s Pie
Step 1: Tenderize your Beef
Before starting with the mashed potatoes, it’s important to tenderize the beef. In a medium bowl combine the beef, baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of water.
Mix the ingredients together with your hands and let rest for 20 minutes. As it rests, the baking soda raises the pH of the meat, helping to lock in moisture and making the beef tender.