My days of the week got out of whack, so here’s a Tuesday recipe on Thursday. I promise it tastes just as good. 🙂
This was one of those recipes I saved for when Hubby was out of town. Because generally speaking, he doesn’t like “food that touches other food.” Anything that could be called a casserole is not accepted at our dinner table when the picky man is home. This recipe definitely falls into that category, but even Mr. Picky ate the leftovers and said it was pretty good.
Skillet Sheperd’s Pie (Cooks’ Country)
8 C. frozen shredded hash brown potatoes (country style, not cubed)
4 T unsalted butter, melted
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 lbs 85% lean ground beef (could use lamb if you like)
1 Onion, chopped fine
1 1/2 t. minced fresh thyme
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. low-sodium beef broth
2 t. Worcestershire sauce
2 c. frozen pea and carrot medley, thawed
1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat broiler. Toss potatoes with 2 T. butter, 1 t. salt, and 1/4 t. pepper in large bowl. Wrap tightly with plastic and microwave until potatoes are tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
2. While potatoes are cooking, cook beef and onion in a large heatproof skillet over medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain beef mixture in colander.
3. Return drained beef mixture to pan. Stir in thyme and flour and cook until incorporated, about 1 minute. Stir in broth and Worchestershire and cook until sauce is thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in pea and carrot medley and simmer until heated through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Scatter cooked potatoes over beef mixture and brush with remaining butter. Broil until potatoes are golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve.
Notes (aka Things I Did Differently):
1. I don’t have a large enough heat proof skillet, so I used a Dutch oven. I think it worked okay, but it would have been easier to serve out of a skillet.
2. I used the whole bag of potatoes. The boys LOVED all of the potatoes.
3. It took more than 5 minutes to brown the top of the potatoes, but I don’t know if that is because of the depth of the Dutch oven, or if I have an oven issue.
4. The recipe is supposed to serve 4, but we were able to have 7 servings. Maybe because I added extra potatoes?
Anyway this was scrumptious. The first night it was great. The boys & I both loved it. The leftovers were good, but not great. (It’s hard to get that crunch in leftover hash browns.) The boys and I still liked it, and amazingly Hubby, the Anti-casserole King, thought it was good.