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Shepherd’s Pie

Mushrooms add depth of flavor to this dish and help cut down on the amount of meat used. If your children don’t like the sight of mushrooms in their favorite supper dish, finely chop them in a food processor — they’ll never know the difference.

This comfort-food favourite tastes even better topped with garlic mashed potatoes

Mashed Potato Topping
  1. 6 potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 lbs/1 kg)
  2. 3⁄4 cup milk or buttermilk 175 ml
  3. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Meat Layer
  1. 1 lb lean ground beef or veal 500 g
  2. 8 oz mushrooms, sliced or chopped 250 g
  3. 1 onion, finely chopped
  4. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  5. 1⁄2 TSP dried thyme 2 ml
  6. 1⁄2 TSP dried marjoram 2 ml
  7. 3 TBSP all-purpose flour 45 ml
  8. 11⁄2 cups Hearty Beef Stock (page 43) or ready-to-use beef broth 375 ml
  9. 2 TBSP tomato paste 30 ml
  10. 2 TSP Worcestershire sauce 10 ml
  11. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  12. 1 can (12 oz/341 ml) corn kernels, drained
Bread Crumb Topping
  1. 2 TBSP fine dry bread crumbs 30 ml
  2. 2 TBSP freshly grated Parmesan cheese 30 ml
  3. 1⁄4 TSP paprika
  1. Mashed Potato Topping: In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook potatoes until tender. Drain and mash using a potato masher or hand-held electric mixer; beat in milk until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Meat Layer: In a large nonstick skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat, breaking up with a wooden spoon, for 5 minutes or until no longer pink. Reduce heat to medium. Add mushrooms, onion, garlic, thyme and marjoram; cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes or until softened. Sprinkle with flour; stir in stock, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 8 minutes. Season with salt, if needed, and pepper to taste. Spread meat mixture in a 10-cup (2.5 L) shallow baking dish; layer with corn. Place small spoonfuls of mashed potatoes over corn and spread evenly. (The recipe can be prepared up to this point earlier in the day or the day before, then covered and refrigerated.)
  3. Bread Crumb Topping: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan and paprika; sprinkle over top of shepherd’s pie. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes (40 minutes, if refrigerated) or until filling is bubbly.
  4. Serves 6.
The Best of Bridge



This recipe is available in the book Best of Bridge Home Cooking.