Traditional Shepherd’s Pie

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A traditional recipe which will continue to be popular with children.  You can substitute items, depending upon what you have in the fridge at the time!  You can use pork or chicken instead of beef.

IngredientsServes 4-6
Ground beef500gm
Mushrooms, chopped200 gm
Onion chopped½ cup
Garlic finely minced2 large cloves
Salt1 tspn
Ground black pepper to taste
Worcestershire sauce1 tbspn
Beef stock½ cup
Cream½ cup
Garden peas½ cup
Potatoes500gm
Cheddar cheese finely-shredded2 cups
Mayonnaise¼ cup
Milk½ cup
Butter2 tbspns

Cooking Method

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Place ground beef, mushrooms, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large heavy skillet.  Sauté until the juices have almost evaporated.  Stir in Worcestershire sauce, then cook for one minute, stirring often.  Add beef stock, stirring to combine, then add cream.  Simmer until gravy thickens.  Pour into glass baking dish.  Let cool slightly, then sprinkle green peas evenly on top of beef.

Boil potatoes in salted water until tender.  Add 2 tablespoons of butter, and mash.  Add enough milk to bring the mashed potatoes to a creamy consistency.  Season well with salt and pepper.  Spread evenly over beef layer then sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.

Bake for about 45 minutes until cheese has melted and is slightly browned.