Every time we go to Disney World we have to stop at Epcot’s United Kingdom Rose and Crown Pub where my mom can get their amazing Shepherd’s Pie. Last night I wanted to surprise her with my version of shepherd’s pie. I knew I was not going to get it to be the exact Disney version but I was going to give it a try. Normally they use ground lamb in their dish but I decided to use ground beef. I added a few other ingredients as well.
In the end it turned out delicious and my mom said it actually tasted just like how her mom would make it for her, Auntie Sandy, and Auntie Nancy. She said just add a little ketchup on the side and it would be exactly like my Nana’s. This is why I decided to name it Nana’s Shepherd’s Pie.
I made this in a 5 inch ramekin but you can also make it in a small casserole dish as well.
Ingredients (makes either 4 5-inch ramekins or a small casserole dish)
1/4 cup butter
1 Cup diced onion
1 Cup frozen sweet peas
1 Cup finely diced carrots
1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
Salt and pepper
1 tsp ground thyme
1 Cup beef gravy
Mashed potatoes (my recipe follows)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large skillet melt butter. Add diced onions, peas, and carrots and cook until onions are brown.
Add ground beef, salt and pepper, and ground thyme. Cook until beef is no longer pink.
Add gravy and bring to a bubble.
Transfer into individual ramekins or into casserole dish. If you want to get fancy you can pipe the mashed potatoes on top (as seen in my picture) or you can put a nice thick layer on top of the meat.
Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Then turn oven to broil and bake for around 5 minutes longer or just until top of potatoes are golden brown.
Mashed Potatoes (about 3 Cups)
2 Large Idaho potatoes (peeled and chopped into chunks)
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
2 Tablespoons butter
¼ Cup milk
Boil potatoes until soft. Drain water. Add salt, pepper, butter, and milk. With an electric hand mixer blend together all ingredients until nice and smooth. Taste to see if it needs more salt, pepper, or even butter.