Loaded Shepherd's Pie

05 January 2014

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Loaded Shepherd's Pie

This is my take on the classic Shepherd's Pie.  Loaded mashed potatoes and a surprise seasoning make the difference.

I'm of Celtic background--OF COURSE I grew up eating Shepherd's Pie. But I never really cared for it--way too bland.

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Then it came to me if I used loaded mashed potatoes on top of a well-seasoned meat base, this might just taste good. Hey, cheese and bacon--how can it not taste great?

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Delicious way to do Shepherd's Pie

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Loaded Shepherd's Pie

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 pkg (0.87 oz) brown gravy mix

  • Loaded Potato Topping:
  • 2 lbs potatoes, pared and diced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 green onions, chopped 
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese*
  • 4 strips crisp-cooked bacon, diced
  • water for potatoes
  • salt

*You can use more cheese and any variety you like

Brown ground beef, onions and mushrooms over medium heat in a large skillet. Drain fat and season with salt, garlic powder and brown gravy mix.  (I use brown gravy mix as a seasoning in this, and the juices will make some gravy.  If you want more gravy, add about 1/2 cup of water-I have not tested this!). Stir well and set aside.

Place diced potatoes in an appropriate size saucepan--2 quart size should be fine. Cover with water and add about 1-2 tsp salt. 

Boil potatoes until tender.  Drain very well.

Mash potatoes with sour cream, until potatoes are not lumpy. Add green onion and bacon--you can reserve a small amount for a garnish, if desired.  Stir in cheese--you can reserve about 2 tbs of this for garnish if desired.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  

Place reserved ground beef mixture in a 9-inch deep dish pie pan.  Distribute evenly across the bottom.

Top with mashed potatoes, covering meat entirely.

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until potatoes begin to get brown around the edges and peaks.

Remove from oven and garnish with reserved onion, bacon & cheese if you desired to do so.

Serves 4

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Layers of deliciousness

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Jodee Weiland said...

This looks delicious! I love a good shepherd's pie, and the ingredients you use take that over the top...love it!

pasqwal said...

Do you add the pkg of gravy mix dry or do you prepare it according to pkg directions and then add to the beef?

Judith Hannemann said...

The brown gravy mix is used as a condiment here. If you want to mix in a little water, you can, but you don't prepare it like gravy.

Queenymo said...

Mixed veggies on top of the meat mixture (peas, carrots) will make this more authentic

Judith Hannemann said...

Beauty of this is you can add whatever you like! I grew up eating it the standard way since my mother was British. My family seems to prefer it without veggies.

TheSmashley1818 said...

This sounds great! ..my family won't eat mushrooms so ill try an alternate veggie..YUM!

Kelly Miciak said...

I made this dish for me and my husband. This is by far the best, most flavorful Shepherds Pie that I have ever tasted. The brown gravy mix works like a charm to give the ground beef such a rich beefy flavor. Thank you!

Judith Hannemann said...

Glad you liked it Kelly! I forget where I got that tip about using beef gravy mix as a seasoning, but i've been doing it for years. I even put a pinch in burgers for the grill!

Gene Hultman said...

Love your site! I do have a question about the meat portion of the shepherd's pie ... what forms the "gravy" portion of the base? Or is there not one? To be honest, I've never had shepherd's pie, but this looks amazing! I always thought it had a "gravy" type meat base. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Judith Hannemann said...

Hi Gene--thanks!! Actually the gravy mix in this is just a condiment. The juice forms a little bit of gravy but if you want more then what I suggest you do is when you're done browning the ground beef, to add the gravy mix and about 3/4 cup of water (it will be thick--the released meat juices will top it up) before adding it to the baking dish(s) and topping it.

Erin Gerlach said...

Oh my yum!! I added some red pepper and corn, and used a crushed up beef bullion cube amd packet of dry country gravy (didnt have the brown gravy mix). I could eat the whole dish myself! Thanks for my new favorite shepherd's pie recipe!!

Judith Hannemann said...

So glad you liked it Erin! This is truly one meal you can tailor to your own taste and what you have on hand!!!

Carol W. said...

I made this for dinner tonight...just absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing!!

Judith Hannemann said...

I am so glad you liked it Carol!

Princess Creampuff said...

This was amazing!! Tasted even better reheated. Since I LOVE cheese- I melted cheese in with the meat too...omg heaven :)

Judith Hannemann said...

I'll have to do that the next time too!! You can NEVER have too much cheese!!!!

evanoff said...

Made this last night and it was good. Thank you for posting

Judith Hannemann said...

Glad you enjoyed it evanoff!

Sandi said...

This looks beautiful Judith. I can't wait to try it. I will have to find a gluten free gravy alternative, but the rest looks easy for gluten free. Thank you.

Judith Hannemann said...

Thanks Sandi--but for g/f, I'd leave out the gravy mix or find a g/f one. I'm sure there's wheat in that stuff.

Sarah Leche said...

@Sandi and @Judith:
Orrington Farms makes a great gluten-free beef gravy. I use it all the time for my gluten-intolerant husband when I make cottage pie.

Judith Hannemann said...

Thanks Sarah!! Great info.

Jennifer F said...

Yum! I've pinned this and I have added this to my menu for next week! Love the loaded mashed 'taters idea!


Judith Hannemann said...

That's what makes it work for me Jennifer! Otherwise with shepherd's pie, I just keep walkin'--and my mom was from UK too, so go figure!!!

Lisa Darnell said...

My oven is broke. Can I heat it in the crock pot instead?

Judith Hannemann said...

Don't see why not Lisa--but I'd use the high heat.

teresa bayes said...

Is shepherd's pie made with a pie crust

Judith Hannemann said...

No pie crust Teresa. Basically it's meat on the bottom and mashed potatoes on the top.

D Reck said...

Can these be made ahead and frozen?

Judith Hannemann said...

Offhand, I'd say yes, but I've never done it so can't say for sure The meat filling definitely can, but the potatoes would be the problem here.


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