Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie with Carrot Mash
Shepherd's pie is the ultimate winter comfort food. Rich stewed meat is topped with a creamy potato and carrot mash for a satisfying and warming meal. Makes great leftovers!
- 2 lbs. sirloin steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- salt & pepper
- 2 Tbsp. cornstarch, divided
- 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
- 1 white onion, halved and sliced
- 1 cup prunes, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 Tbsp. Flat Irons Prime Rib Rub
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 1/2 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 lb. carrots, peeled and diced
- 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp. Garlic Salt
- 1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper
This recipe is featured in Spice Club, Savory’s spice of the month club. Here are substitution suggestions for adapting the recipe to different palates:
- Vegetarian/Vegan: Use white or crimini mushrooms in place of steak and vegetable broth instead of beef broth. Replace butter with a vegan butter and use unsweetened soy or almond milk instead of regular milk. (See our recipe for Mushroom Shepherd's Pie with Carrot Mash for the full recipe with substitutions.)
- Gluten-free: No substitutions necessary.
For filling: Sprinkle beef with salt & pepper; toss with 1 Tbsp. cornstarch. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear beef in single-layer batches until brown, 2 to 4 min. per batch, and transfer to a plate. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and onions to skillet and cook for 5 min. or until onions are soft. Stir in remaining ingredients. Mix remaining 1 Tbsp. cornstarch with 2 Tbsp. water to make a slurry; stir slurry into skillet. Add browned beef and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 min. or until beef is tender and sauce thickens.
For topping: In a large pot, cover potatoes and carrots by 2 inches with water and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 min. or until veggies are soft enough to break apart with a fork. Drain and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add butter, milk, Garlic Salt, and pepper. Use a hand masher or electric mixer to beat until still slightly lumpy.
To serve: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour filling into a 2-quart dish, or divide it between 4 large ramekins. Cover with topping. Set dish(es) on a baking sheet and bake for 20 min. or until filling is bubbling and topping just starts to brown. Cool for 10 min. before serving.