Alton Brown’s Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherds Pie

 

Alton Brown’s Shepherd’s Pie has been a St. Paddy’s week staple in our home for four years. The kids absolutely love it. But, I’m a traditionalist and insist on serving our Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage (another kid favorite) on St. Paddy’s Day. So this dish is dinner either the night before or the night after. We are making it tonight for a comforting Sunday night supper with our son, along with mouth-watering Irish Soda Bread.

To lighten it up a bit, I swapped in reduced-fat margarine for the butter, and cut the oil in half. Can’t taste the difference. The dish is fairly simple to prepare, and leftovers microwave well.

Shepherds Pie

Easy everyday ingredients. We can always find ground lamb in our store, but you do get better prices around St. Paddy’s Day and Easter.

Shepherds Pie

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.

Shepherds Pie

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.

Shepherds Pie

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. While the potatoes are cooking, 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.

Shepherds Pie

Add the lamb, salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, approximately 3 minutes.

Shepherds Pie

Sprinkle the meat with the flour and toss to coat, continuing to cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste.

Shepherds Pie

Add the 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.

Shepherds Pie

Add the corn and peas to the lamb mixture. Remove from heat.

Shepherds Pie

Spread the meat mixture evenly into an 11 by 7-inch glass baking dish, or a large pie plate.

Shepherds Pie

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.

Shepherds Pie

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.

Shepherds Pie

When cool, cut into 8 slices (or 4 big jumbo slices my family does). Serve and enjoy!

Alton Brown's Shepherd's Pie
 
Weight Watchers Info: 10 PointsPlus per serving (if cut into 8 servings)
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: British, Irish
Serves: 8
Ingredients
For Potatoes
  • 1½ pounds russet potatoes
  • ¼ cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 2 ounces light margarine (I use Brummel & Brown)
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
For Meat Filling
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1½ pounds ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen English peas
Instructions
  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into ½-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.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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