Shepherd's Pie

March 23rd 2020

Shepherd's Pie

Fresh Dish Foodies Rachel and Sara

Our Fresh Dish contest winners are back in the kitchen today preparing a healthy twist to a seasonal favorite! Here’s a few tips to make this recipe really shine:  

  • Prepping mushrooms properly is an important step to ensuring you don’t end up with a rubbery, soggy texture – and it all comes down to how you clean them! To get rid of any dirt, it’s best to use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away dirt. If you run them under water like you would other vegetables, they will soak up all the moisture like a sponge. Then just give them a quick dice - or if you’re wanting to hide them really well, you can give them a quick pulse in the food processor!
  • When using fresh garlic, remember that it will cook really quickly due to its low water content. You’ll get the best flavor profile when you keep it on direct-heat for only 30 seconds to a maximum of two minutes.

What you need:

  • 1.25 lbs KC Pride ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped 
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped 
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped 
  • 8 oz. baby portabella mushrooms, chopped 
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced 
  • 2 cups frozen peas 
  • 1 cup beef bone broth 
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
  • Salt, to taste 
  • Pepper, to taste 
  • Sweet potatoes, 2.5 pounds 
  • 1 bunch of fresh thyme 
  • 2-3 bay leaves

What to do:

  1. Boil peeled, cubed sweet potatoes in water until soft (about 15-20 minutes). Mash and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Cook beef in a pan over medium heat. Season with salt, pepper and tomato paste. Once browned, set the cooked beef aside in a bowl.
  3. To the pan add extra-virgin olive oil, chopped onion, carrot and celery. Cook until the onion becomes slightly translucent. Add in the chopped mushrooms and minced garlic.
  4. Pour in the bone broth, frozen peas and fresh herbs. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Remove herbs and add meat and vegetable mixture to a casserole dish, seasoning with more salt and pepper, as needed.
  6. Top with mashed sweet potatoes and cook in the oven at 400° F for 20 minutes. 
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