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Mother’s Day Shepherd’s Pie Recipe—Better Than Ever in Clay!

May 05, 2017

Mother’s Day Shepherd’s Pie Recipe—Better Than Ever in Clay!

Shepherd’s Pie is one of those delicious, comforting recipes that everyone loves. Fortunately it’s really easy to customize this dish and use vegetables that the whole family loves. The ground beef can be substituted for another meat, or can be left out entirely—no matter what you do, this dish is a great Mother’s Day family meal. Give mom a break and whip this simple dish up in no time!
 
Ingredients for Shepherd's Pie
Mashed Potatoes
  • 2 lb small potatoes (gold or red Yukon work well, cut into 1 inch cubes (alternatively, use previously made mashed potatoes)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Treal butter (preferably grass-fed)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Shepherd's Pie Filing
  • 2 lb ground beef, browned
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • ½ c green beans, in 1-inch pieces
  • 2 c baby spinach
  • 1 c asparagus, sliced in 1" pieces
  • 1 corn off the cob (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 lb kidney beans, soaked, cook and drained
  • 1 ½ cups broth
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1 ½ t thyme
  • 2 t fresh rosemary, minced (or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 1/4 t sage
  • 1 T cornstarch...add more as needed (arrowroot powder can be substituted)
  • 2 T water (or veg. broth)
  • extra rosemary or thyme for garnish
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
Directions for Shepherd's Pie
  1. Add potatoes to the clay pot with about ½ cup broth
  2. Cook on "stew" setting for 30 minutes, until potatoes are soft
  3. Mash in butter and milk, adding salt and pepper to taste
  4. (Mashed potatoes can also be made ahead and set aside or made in another pot while the filling cooks in the VitaClay pot)
  5. Rinse the clay pot and add all filling ingredients, except spinach and corn starch
  6. Cook on "stew" setting for 30-45 minutes
  7. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with water until smooth, and stir into the clay pot with the spinach
  8. Layer browned ground beef and mashed potatoes on top of the filling, then close and seal the cooker.
  9. Allow everything to rest on "warm" setting for about 15 minutes
  10. Sprinkle with chopped rosemary

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