I love and crave homey food. Any combination of salty, cheesy, buttery, savory or sweet will do. At the same time I struggle with wanting to eat as healthy as possible. Although I'm not a vegetarian, I don't eat meat all that often, when I do it's organic and grass fed.
Last week the Mr. was traveling for business and scheduled to come home Saturday on the late side. I decided to make a variation on Shepard's Pie packed with veggies & flavor. Since it always tastes better the next day, I made it Friday night which was great since there was zero clean up on Saturday!
- 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 ground beef (I used 85% grass fed organic)
- 1 onion chopped
- 6 - 8 closed garlic minced
- 2 -3 carrots chopped
- 3 - 4 stalks celery chopped
- 1/2 - 1 package baby spinach washed
- 1/2 cup corn (I used frozen white)
- 1/2 cup peas (I also used frozen)
- 2 bay leaves & any other herb you like
- 2 cups beef stock
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Mashed Potatoes
- 6 potatoes (whatever you like for mashing I used ukon gold)
- 1/2 butternut squash cubed
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
Fill a pot with potatoes & squash and add enough water to cover vegetables. Bring to a boil and cook until tender and can be mashed.
In a large skillet over medium heat add about 1 tablespoon olive oil and onions. Cook for about 8 minutes untill soft.
Add garlic, carrots & celery cook for another 5 - 10 minutes
Remove veggies & add ground beef. Cook until beef is browned. Flavor to taste with salt and pepper.
Return cooked veggies along with spinach, corn, peas, bay leaves & any other herb you'd like to add for flavor.
In a separate small sauce pan begin to make gravy:
Melt butter over low to medium heat
Whisk in flour until golden brown
Whisk in stock and Worcestershire sauce & cook until thickened
Add fresh black pepper to taste
Add gravy to vegetable mixture along with spinach, peas & corn and cook for a few minutes
Pour meat mixture into a casserole dish (mine is 9 x 12)
Mash the potatoes and squash. Flavor to your liking. I added a bit of the beef stock, a little butter, sour cream, cream and salt & pepper to taste. Rachel Ray even adds an egg which is totally optional.
Spoon the mash mixture over meat.
Bake at 350 until bubbling & the mash mixture has a light brown color