B's Shepherd's Pie!

Monday, December 4, 2017

B made shepherd's pie on Sunday, and it was so, so, so delicious, I wanted to post the recipe here in case you've also been craving it since June. I told him it was the best thing he has ever made, and he says I always say that, but this really is up there with the best ice cream (which he's also making this week, what a week!!!), best peanut butter bars and best steak (and best strombolis, but duh). Bet you didn't know tax accountants have these hidden talents. Brian also did a one-man performance for me of the entire Hamilton soundtrack on Sunday, so there was that. He also cleaned the bathrooms, bless him.

In the summer of 2013, a few weeks after I had launched my blog, we were at a wedding reception and someone asked me what my blog was about. Someone else jumped in before I had a chance to speak and said, "it's basically just pictures of Brian." It is, isn't it? Haha! But I'm so, so grateful for him. I can't help myself. So often I reflect on how this relationship, which I stumbled into somehow, is the best thing that has ever happened to me and how lucky I am to share life with this person. He truly makes every day a joy, and I'm so thankful for it all. Especially all the best meals ;)

Anyway, here's the recipe. And pictures of Brian.

Ingredients (serves eight):

For the potatoes:
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
1/4 cup half and half
2 ounces unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 egg yolk

For the meat filling:
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 carrots, peeled and diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
1/2 cup frozen English peas

Peel the potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch dice. Place in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Set over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, uncover, decrease the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until tender and easily crushed with tongs, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Place the half-and-half and butter into a microwave-safe container and heat in the microwave until warmed through, about 35 seconds. Drain the potatoes in a colander and then return to the saucepan. Mash the potatoes and then add the half and half, butter, salt and pepper and continue to mash until smooth. Stir in the yolk until well combined.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling. Place the canola oil into a 12-inch saute pan and set over medium high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and carrots and saute just until they begin to take on color, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add the lamb, salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, approximately 3 minutes. Sprinkle the meat with the flour and toss to coat, continuing to cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste, chicken broth, Worcestershire, rosemary, thyme, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer slowly 10 to 12 minutes or until the sauce is thickened slightly.

Add the corn and peas to the lamb mixture and spread evenly into an 11 by 7-inch glass baking dish. Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up and smooth with a rubber spatula. Place on a parchment lined half sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown. Remove to a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.

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