Do you ever get a hunger for something and it won’t go away until it is satisfied? Maybe because I felt a need for comfort food I couldn’t get my mind off Shepherd’s Pie.
Usually, when that yearning hits I go to a restaurant that makes a great one, hot and steamy and oh so good! This time that wasn’t going to work as I am in Houston and my favorite Shepherd’s Pie is in Maine. What to do?
I’ve never made a Shepherd’s Pie, but I know what is in it. Looking in the refrigerator I discovered none of the usual ingredients. I didn’t even have ground beef, but I was not to be deterred!
Here is what was on hand, and I saw no reason for it not to be OK to use green beans instead of peas and stew meat instead of ground beef.
I wasn’t sure how to proceed, but I know how to make beef stew so using that as a guide I first browned the meat, onions and celery and then added the carrots and green beans along with beef broth and seasonings. By now I was having fun so why not throw in a little red wine and herbs de Provence? As this mixture was bubbling away, so were potatoes to be mashed for the topping.
All done, the mixture was placed in individual serving bowls and a generous portion of mashed potatoes spread on top. I couldn’t resist sprinkling a little cheese on top. Into the oven to bake long enough for the pie to be heated through and the potatoes browned a bit. As it baked, the kitchen filled with good smells that whetted my appetite even more.
Though not a traditional Shepherd’s Pie, the result was pretty darned good. Could I do the same thing again? Probably not as that would require remembering portions of the ingredients. Oh well, it doesn’t matter as the dish more than satisfied my craving. More than once I might add as there was enough for a second and a third dinner. Now that I think about it I should have frozen two of the containers so the next time I get a hunger for Shepherd’s Pie, it would already be prepared.