Shepherd’s Pie From Scratch Like Mom’s

Like many of my dishes, this shepherd’s pie is one from my childhood. I changed it a little to make it completely from scratch, but it’s still pretty easy and takes about 30 minutes to prep.

Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9 X 13 pan. Or, make half of the recipe and prepare an 8 X 8 pan.

The Mashed Potatoes

Peel, chop, and boil for 15 minutes, or until tender. Or, cook in the Instant Pot for 6 minutes at high pressure, then quick release:

3 lbs. potatoes (about 8 medium potatoes)

Drain and mash the potatoes with all of the following:

4 T. butter

1 c. sour cream

1 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

1/2 t. garlic powder

The Meat and Sauce

For the bottom layer, cook until browned:

1 lb. ground beef (I use 85/15.)

1 onion, chopped

When the meat is done cooking, sprinkle over it:

1/2 c. flour

Add all of the following and stir until the sauce thickens:

2 c. beef broth

1 c. milk

1 T. Worcestershire sauce

1 t. salt

1/2 t. pepper

Assembling the Shepherd’s Pie

Remove the meat and sauce from the heat and pour it into the pan, topping with

2 cans corn, drained

the mashed potatoes

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until potatoes are golden and you see the sauce bubbling. Optional: Top with Cheddar cheese in the last 5 minutes of baking. Shepherd’s pie really is comfort food at its finest!

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Shepherd’s Pie From Scratch Like Mom’s

This recipe is from my childhood. Shepherd’s pie really is comfort food at its finest!
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • 9×13 pan

Ingredients
  

The Mashed Potatoes

  • 3 pounds potatoes about 8 medium
  • 4 tablespoons butter 1/2 stick
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

The Meat and Sauce

  • 1 pound ground beef I use 85/15.
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups beef broth I use 4 t. powder and 2 c. water.
  • 1 cup milk whole
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Assembly

  • 30 ounces corn 2 cans, drained
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 pan.

The Mashed Potatoes

  • Peel, chop, and boil the potatoes for about 15 minutes or until tender. Or, cook them in the pressure cooker for 6 minutes at high pressure with a quick release.
    3 pounds potatoes
  • Drain and mash the potatoes with all of the following and set aside.
    4 tablespoons butter, 1 cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

The Meat and Sauce

  • Cook the meat and onions together until browned.
    1 pound ground beef, 1 onion
  • Sprinkle the flour over the meat. Then, add the remaining sauce ingredients and stir until thickened.
    1/2 cup flour, 2 cups beef broth, 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Assembly

  • Put the meat and sauce in the prepared pan. Add the corn on top, then the potatoes. Optionally, add cheese.
    30 ounces corn, 1 cup Cheddar cheese
  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden and you see the sauce bubbling.
Keyword beef, potatoes
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2 thoughts on “Shepherd’s Pie From Scratch Like Mom’s”

  1. Just tried this recipe! It was very good and easy! I added carrots and peas to add some texture and it was perfect! I also just skipped the oven part all together and did serve yourself “upside down” Shepard’s pie.
    I will be making this recipe again!
    Thanks!

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