Some weeks are rough, which is why some Saturday nights need to be spent on the couch in baggy sweatpants watching old Grey’s Anatomy reruns. An alcoholic beverage is—of course—optional but encouraged.
But what is necessary on those kind of nights is some good, homey food. You know, something filled with carbs and memories. Now, I’ve never cooked shepherds pie before this, or had any memories with it. But anything that’s meat and potatoes you know I’m going to love.
This surprised me with how easy it was to make. It took about 90 minutes in total, but I was doing work and watching some Grey’s(not to mention the kitchen Sugarland dancing…) so really the time flew by. There was no trick; no fuss. And even though this recipe has no added fat, it was still perfectly flavorful. I will happily turn to this in good times and in bad.
3 large carrots
5 stalks celery
2 small yellow onions
1lb ground beef or lamb
4 medium baking potatoes
1/2 cup milk(or non-dairy substitute)
Salt & pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and bake the potatoes for about 30-40 minutes, or until soft. While the potatoes are cooking, dice the onion, celery, and carrots. Sweat the vegetables in a pan for a few minutes stirring occasionally until the onions are translucent.
Add in the ground meat and cook until the outside has browned, but don’t overcook or worry about cooking it through. Season with salt and pepper.
When the potatoes are ready, move them to a large bowl and mash(you can scrape the peel off now if you’d prefer not to eat that). Add in the liquid and continue to mash until it forms a sort of paste. Season with salt.
Pour the vegetable/meat mixture into a large baking dish, or 4 individual ramekins. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 375 until the top has begun to brown on the sides.
I was skeptical at first that something so simple could be so comforting; I looked at recipes that used much more ingredients. Still, this was perfect in its simplicity and warmth. I’d be happy to make it again(and again… and again).
What’s your idea of comfort food?