The Ultimate Comfort Food: Shepherd's Pie

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If you're having family or friends over during the holidays, how about serving comfort food? Culinary and Event Expert, Catherine Rawlings, stopped by to share her family recipe for the ultimate comfort food, Shepherd's Pie.

Shepherd’s Pie


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 4 carrots peeled and diced
  • 4 stalks celery diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 ½ lb. ground beef or ground lamb
  • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup ruby port
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef consommé
  • 1 cup graded Dubliner cheddar cheese
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 6 cups mashed potatoes
  • grated parmesan


o Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

o Sauté carrots in olive oil until starting to get tender.

o Add in onions and celery and sauté until tender. Then add meat.

o Season with salt, pepper, and thyme. Cook until browned then drain fat.

o Add butter and peas then sprinkle with flour and stir through.

o Add tomato paste, ruby port, and Worcestershire sauce.

o Reduce slightly then add the beef consommé.

o Allow to reduce down until you have a thick meaty gravy. Season to taste.

o Grease an oven proof high-sided dish, I like to use an oval shape.

o Put meat mixture into dish, sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese.

o Spoon the mashed potatoes over the top and brush with beaten egg.

o Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

o Bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are browned on the top.

o Serve with crusty bread.