Monday, September 15, 2008

Shepard's Pie

Here is the mostly simple and very tasty Shepherds Pie!

If you want to make your own pie crust here is a quick HOW TO. This will make three pie crust that you can put in your freezer and save for later.

OR simply purchase a pie crust.

What you will need:
1 2/3 cup of crisco
3 cups all purpose flour
1 egg
5tbsp cold water
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp salt

Add your flour and your crisco together. I do not have a pastry cutter so I used two knives. It took a bit of time, but worked well. Cut the crisco into the flour until the two are combined well.

In a separate bowl beat your egg and then add it to your flour/crisco mixture. Now, add your water, vinegar, and salt.
Mix gently for a few moments. Once a nice dough is formed separate it into three balls. They do NOT have to be perfect at all. Pioneer Woman, where I got this recipe, just reaches her hand in and grabs about a big chunk!

Place your ball into a ziplock bag and roll it out a bit. This makes it easy once you need it for a pie.
Put two of your dough balls into the freezer for another day. Keep one out and roll it until you can place it into your pie dish.

Here is how I make Shepard's Pie:
Peel five potatoes and place in a pot of boiling water to cook.

Place 1/2 pound of ground beef onto the stove to cook.

While these are cooking make your pie dough.

When your pie dough is ready place it into the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

When your ground beef is cooked add one half a bag of frozen vegetables to it and allow them to cook.

Mash your potatoes with butter and milk...and share the beaters with a cute kid!

Take your pie dough out of the oven and pour the ground beef/veggie mixture into the bottom of the dish.

Like you would ice a cake, use the mashed potatoes to coat the top of your pie. Heap on those potatoes! I like to add salt, pepper, and a little bit of shredded cheese to the top.
We were too busy eating the mashed potatoes off the top and I forgot to take pictures of the finished product. I am sorry! It is pretty, healthy, and tasty!

Place in the oven until warmed through...usually just a few minutes!

ENJOY...this makes great leftovers!

If you want this to be even better, but not as healthy add to the meat/veggie mixture some beef gravy. Yum!

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