Comforting Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

November 2, 2011

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Shepherds Pie | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comIt’s November.  The days are getting shorter, and the weather is changing.  I do love this time of year and cooking in a somewhat cooler climate makes me happy.

Two years ago I started making Shepherd’s Pie and much to my surprise, everyone at my dinner table fell in love with it. It’s a simple dish, made with everyday, fridge and pantry ingredients.  One more feather in this recipes cap – it’s a one pot dish.

Organic Ingredients for Shepherd's Pie | @Susan Salzman |

Using the white part of the leeks(saving the green part for my homemade stock), and left over mashed potatoes, I am proud to say that I can feed my family of five(with leftovers for lunch the next day) for about ten bucks. I am working on accomplishing that task most nights. Making wholesome meals, using fresh ingredients for a few dollars makes me happy and giddy. I cannot wait to share more of my “happy meals” with you.

Shepherd’s Pie
yield: 6-8 servings

1 1/2 pound ground, organic sirloin
2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil
1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 Tbsp. ketchup, preferably homemade
1/2 cup vegetable stock, preferably homemade
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup leeks, rinsed and chopped
1/2 cup white onion, chopped
1/3 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
1/3 cup celery, chopped
1/4 organic peas, frozen
2 Tbsp. arrowroot
2 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 tsp. black, ground pepepr
2-3 cups mashed potatoes

• preheat oven to 425 degrees.
• heat a dutch oven over medium-high heat. add 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil and add the meat.  break it up with the back of spoon and cook for 4 minutes or until it looses it’s pink color. remove to a clean bowl.
• heat the remaining tablespoon of grapeseed oil and add the onions and leeks. saute for 5 minutes. add the carrots and the celery and saute until starting to soften, 5 minutes. add garlic and stir for one minute.
• add meat to the vegetables and stir to combine. add the rosemary, ketchup, peas, salt, and pepper. stir to combine.
• add the arrowroot and stir. add the vegetable stock and cook for about 3 minutes or until the liquid has thickened. taste for seasonings.
• lightly butter a ceramic baking dish. spoon meat mixture into prepared dish. spoon mashed potatoes over beef. cut 2 tablespoons of butter into small chunks. dot the top of the potato mixture with the butter.
• put baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment. bake for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes start to turn light brown. serve immediately.

Shepherds Pie in Progress | @Susan Salzman |

More One Pot Casserole Comforts:
Baked Pineapple Casserole – Ezra Pound Cake
Kale and Feta Breakfast Casserole – Kalyns Kitchen
Chicken Enchiladas – The Urban Baker
Roasted Butternut Squash Casserole – Evil Shenanigans
Chicken Spanish Rice Casserole – Better Recipes

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1 Kristina Vanni November 2, 2011 at 7:46 am

Love this recipe! I haven’t made a Shepherd’s Pie in forever. So warm and comforting this time of year. Never tried it with leeks before, I bet it tastes amazing!


2 Susan November 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

in my opinion, leeks makes everything so much better! I cannot get enough of them!


3 Deliciously Organic November 2, 2011 at 7:46 am

I love, love, love shepherd’s pie! We usually fight for the leftovers. 🙂


4 Lauren November 2, 2011 at 8:00 am

My husband LOVES shepards pie! I should try your version to switch things up! Looks so good!


5 Susan November 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Lauren, you really can’t go wrong with most veggies and stuff in your shepherd’s pie. next time I am going to add some kale!


6 Nancy@acommunaltable November 2, 2011 at 9:30 am

This is a definite favorite in our household – always add a little worcestershire sauce and/or a little vinegar to ours – so happy that it’s finally cool enough to enjoy them again!


7 Susan November 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm

you cannot go wrong with worcestershire sauce, Nancy. It is one of my favorite pantry staples!


8 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] November 2, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Cooking in a cooler climate makes me happy too.


9 Marla November 3, 2011 at 9:39 am

Such a perfect fall/winter recipe 🙂


10 Georgia Pellegrini November 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I can’t wait to see more of your *happy* recipes! This one makes me comforted just looking at it.


11 Lucy Lean November 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Hi Susan – this looks like a great recipe – not to be pedantic and British but what you have here isn’t Shepherd’s but Cottage – since you use Sirloin and not lamb/mutton!!! BAA! not MOO!


12 Amanda November 4, 2011 at 7:02 am

This looks so good Susan!! SO comforting… great job!


13 Marla November 7, 2011 at 9:37 am

Love pot pies! This looks awesome with that sirloin!


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