Treat yourself to a taste of Europe right in your kitchen. A blend of succulent minced meat and vegetables baked with a topping of rich mashed potatoes, this dish promises a burst of flavors and textures in every bite.
- 4 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 lbs Ground Beef
- 4 tbsp Salt, divided
- 4 tbsp Pepper, divided
- 2 large White Onions, finely grated
- 2 large Carrots, finely grated
- 4 cloves Garlic, finely grated
- 4 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 3 tbsp Tomato Paste
- 2 cups Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir)
- 4 sprigs Fresh Thyme, chopped
- 2 sprigs Fresh Rosemary, chopped
- 2 cups Chicken Stock
- 4 lbs Russet Potatoes, washed, peeled & quartered
- 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 4 Large Egg Yolks
- 2.5 cups Parmesan, freshly shredded
Part 1 – “Mince”:
- Heat a large pan on high heat and add 4 tbsp of Olive Oil.
- Add the ground beef, season with 2 tbsp each of Salt & Pepper, and brown the meat thoroughly.
- Incorporate minced Onion, Garlic, and Carrot, cooking for about 4 minutes until vegetables are soft.
- Stir in the Worcestershire Sauce and Tomato Paste until well combined.
- Pour in the Red Wine, add Thyme and Rosemary, and let simmer until most of the wine has evaporated.
- Mix in the chicken stock and let cook for another 4 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and set the mixture aside.
Part 2 – “Potatoes”:
- In a pot, boil the potatoes for about 20 minutes and then drain.
- Mash the boiled potatoes using a fork or a masher.
- Season the mashed potatoes with the remaining 2 tbsp each of Salt & Pepper.
- Mix in butter, egg yolks, and 2 cups of the freshly-shredded Parmesan.
Part 3 – “Assembly”:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Pour the beef and vegetable mixture into a casserole dish.
- Evenly spread the mashed potatoes over the beef mixture using a spatula.
- Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of freshly-shredded parmesan over the potatoes.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Let the Shepherd’s Pie cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Enjoy this comforting classic that’s perfect for any occasion!