Shepherd’s Pie

Recipe Source: Cooks Illustrated
Servings: 6
Shepherd’s Pie
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1 1/2 lbs LEAN ground beef * 12.94

Pantry - Baking Essentials

Cornstarch * 2.27
All Purpose Flour * 3.97
Baking Soda * 3.47


2 1/2 lbs Russet potatoes * 3.97
Green Onions * 1.67
1 medium yellow onion 1.41
4 oz. white mushrooms * 2.47
1 Head Garlic * 1.41
Bunch Thyme * 0.67
2 Medium Carrots * 1.97


1 Unsalted Butter * 5.98
Large Eggs * 3.68
Small Milk * 4.48

Oils & Vinegars

Vegetable Oil * 7.97

Pantry - Pasta & Pasta Sauces

Can Tomato Paste * 1.27

Pantry - Condiments & Sauces

Worcestershire Sauce * 2.97

Pantry - Canned Soup

Large Beef Broth * 1.97

Liquor Store

Madeira Wine or Ruby Port * 21.00

Pantry - Spices & Seasonings

Salt and Pepper * 5.00
Bay Leaves * 1.97
Buy What I Need $704.78
Cost of All Ingredients$191.01
Cost Per Serving (All ingredients)$189.31
Overbuy and Pantry Investment10%

All prices in Canadian dollars and cost sourced from as of recipe publish date

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Medium Bowl 1
2 tbs water
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
Medium Saucepan 2
2 1/2 lbs russet potatoes peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tbs salt
Water Enough to just cover the potatoes
Mini Bowl 3
4 tbs unsalted butter melted
Small Bowl 4
1/2 c. milk
1 large egg yolk
Small Bowl 5
8 green onions, green parts only sliced thin
Salt and Pepper To Taste
Broiler Safe 10 Inch Skillet 6
2 tsp vegetable oil
Medium Bowl 7
1 yellow onion buzzed
4 oz. white mushrooms trimmed and chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
Mini Bowl 8
2 cloves garlic buzzed
1 tbs tomato paste
Mini Bowl 9
2 tbs Madeira or Ruby Port
Mini Bowl 10
2 tbs all purpose flour
Medium Bowl 11
1 1/4 c. Beef Broth
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
2 medium carrots peeled and chopped
Mini Bowl 12
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp water
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Medium Saucepan Paring knife 10 inch broiler safe skillet BROILER Large ziplock bag Rimmed baking sheet
Toss/Set Aside 1 UNTIL well combined For 20 mins.
Boil 2 High Heat
Reduce Heat/Simmer Potatoes in water UNTIL potatoes easy pierced with a fork Medium Low - 8 to 10 mins
Drain/Return Cooked Potatoes To saucepan
Cook Potatoes in Saucepan Shaking pot occasionaly UNTIL any surface moisture on potatoes has evaporated Low Heat - About 1 min
Remove from Heat/Mash Cooked Potatoes Well
Stir 3 into cooked potatoes
Whisk/Stir 4 into cooked potatoes
Stir 5
Season Cooked Potatoes with Salt/Pepper To Taste
Cover/Set Aside Cooked Potatoes
Heat 6 UNTIL shimmering Medium Heat
Add/Cook 7 to skillet Stirring occasionally UNTIL vegetables are starting to soften and dark bits form on bottom of skillet 4 to 6 mins
Stir/Cook 8 with vegetables UNTIL bottom of skillet is dark brown About 2 mins
Add/Cook 9 Scraping up any browned bits UNTIL evaporated About 1 min
Add/Bring to a Boil 11 Scraping up any brown bits
Reduce Heat/Add 1 In 2 inch chunks and gently simmer Medium Low
Cover/Cook Beef UNTIL cooked through, stirring and breaking up meat chunks with 2 folks halfway through 10 to 12 mins
Stir 12 UNTIL combined
Add/Simmer Cornstarch Mixture into beef filling About 30 seconds
Remove Thyme and bay leaf
Sesason Filling with salt and pepper To taste
To Assemble
Adjust/Heat Broiler Oven Rack 5 inches from broiler
Placed Mashed Potatoes In a large ziplock bag
Snip Corner of Bag with Potatoes Create a 1 inch opening
Pipe Potatoes Even layer of filling, make sure to cover entire surface
Smooth Potatoes over the filling Using the back of a spoon
Make Ridges on the Potatoes Using the tines of a fork
Place Shepherd's Pie On a rimmed baking sheet
Broil Shepherd's Pie UNTIL potatoes are golden brown and crusty 10-15 mins
Let Cool Shepherd's Pie 10 mins



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