Mini Shepherd’s Pies
Individual Shepherd’s pies are filled with seasoned beef, vegetables and topped off with your choice of mashed yellow or sweet potatoes.
So I’m finally done with Friday Night Lights. It was kind of anticlimactic, especially since I was watching it in bulk some days. I’m also slightly bummed with how they ended it. It wrapped up nicely but there were people and story lines missing that I had hoped to see again. Still… well done and a really enjoyable series.
Now I’m moving on to another series for my crack of dawn workouts. TV shows are the perfect length for weekday workouts since I can only really squeeze in about 45-50 minutes before I need to get myself ready and get the kids up. I’d watch a movie but I really hate stopping and starting unless it’s just for a super quick break. 48 hours break is kind of a bit much.
Even though I totally added Dawson’s Creek to my Amazon watchlist (you know you want to watch it again), I think I’ll be starting with Alias. I vaguely remember watching a few episodes back in the day, but never really got into the series. That was probably well before dvr, or at least for us, so maybe that’s why? Pick and choose your favorites and that’s what you’ve got. Only now we can record and watch our favorites. Kids sure are spoiled these days, then again so are we!
Were you an Alias fan?
Let’s talk cold weather comfort food, shall we? Mac n cheese, pizza, soup, chili, chicken pie and of course… Shepherd’s pie. They’re all perfect meals for these cooler months we’re heading into. There’s just something super delicious about a hearty warm dinner, packed with seasoned beef and vegetables, especially when it’s topped off with creamy mashed potatoes. You can never go wrong adding mashed potatoes to a dish. Of course, if you prefer you can opt for mashed sweet potatoes instead.
Maybe it’s just me but personal dishes are just cuter. They offer a prettier presentation and since making personal sized portions doesn’t add any extra time to your prep, there is no reason not to! Plus, if you are one to usually have leftovers, you’re already prepping your leftovers ahead by making personalized sizes.
Mini Shepherd's Pies
- 2 lb russet or sweet potatoes
- 3-4 Tbsp heavy cream or milk
- 1/4 C unsalted butter
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 C yellow onion, chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 C celery, chopped
- 1/2 C carrots, chopped
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 C whole kernel corn
- 1/2 C peas
- 4 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Peel and chop potatoes. Add to a large saucepan and cover with water. Cook over medium high heat for 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain. Mash as desired, adding cream, butter, salt and pepper to taste. Potatoes should be smooth and spreadable consistency.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef with onions, celery, carrots, garlic and seasonings. Drain fat as needed. When beef is nearly cooked through, add tomato paste, stirring well.
- In a large bowl, combine beef mixture with peas, corn and shredded cheese. Divide among four 10oz ramekins. Top off with mashed potatoes.
- Bake for 30 minutes. If desired, lightly char mashed potatoes using a handheld kitchen torch.
More dinner recipes to try:
Taco mac and cheese
Loaded mashed potato pizza
Deep dish Chicago style pizza
Garlic and dijon slow cooker chicken
Chicken Parm meatballs
Bacon wrapped meatloaf
Slow cooker Italian wedding soup
Slow cooker chicken tortilla soup
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