Shepherd’s Pie is down home comfort food for the meat and potatoes lover. This one is great! It has an awesome flavor and is equally as good or perhaps even better reheated the next day. Once you try it, you’ll add it to your list of tried and true favorites.
- 1 1/2 pounds 93 percent lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 large egg yolk
- 8 leeks,white part and about 2-3 inches green part
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 8 ounces white mushrooms, trimmed and chopped
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons Sweet Marsala
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 14.5 oz can beef broth
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Toss beef with 2 tablespoons water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and baking soda in bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside for 20 minutes.
- Chop leeks and saute in 4 tablespoon of butter until soft but not brown.
- Meanwhile, place potatoes in medium saucepan; add water to just cover the potatoes by about an inch and 1 tablespoon salt. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are soft and a fork inserted into potato meets no resistance, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and return to saucepan. Return saucepan to low heat and cook, shaking pot occasionally, until any surface moisture on potatoes has evaporated, about 1 minute. Remove pan from heat and mash potatoes well. Stir in leeks and melted butter. Whisk together milk and egg yolk in small bowl, then stir into potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and set aside.
- Heat oil in broiler-safe 12-inch skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion, mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are just starting to soften and dark bits form on bottom of skillet, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and garlic; cook until bottom of skillet is dark brown, about 2 minutes. Add Marsala and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until evaporated, about 1 minute. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add broth, Worcestershire, thyme, bay leaf, and carrots; bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Reduce heat to medium-low, add beef in 2-inch chunks to broth, and bring to gentle simmer. Cover and cook until beef is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes, stirring and breaking up meat chunks with 2 forks halfway through. Stir cornstarch and remaining 2 teaspoons water together in bowl. Stir cornstarch mixture into filling and continue to simmer for 30 seconds. Remove thyme and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Adjust oven rack 5 inches from broiler element and heat broiler. Place mashed potatoes in large zipper-lock bag and snip off 1 corner to create 1-inch opening. Pipe potatoes in even layer over filling, making sure to cover entire surface. Smooth potatoes with back of spoon, then use tines of fork to make ridges over surface. Place skillet on rimmed baking sheet and broil until potatoes are golden brown and crusty and filling is bubbly, 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.