After last nights meal and all of the recipe requests, I thought it was time to put pen to paper and do my best to remember what I threw into my Shepherds Pie Recipe last night. It was darn good and made a great Shepherds Pie Hash of sorts for Dean’s breakfast this morning. All I did was top it with three over easy eggs served with a couple of pieces of whole wheat toast.
Left Over Steak Shepherds Pie
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 Minutes
About three cups left over tri-tip
3 carrots cut into cubes
3 celery stalks diced
6 potatoes boiled seasoned and mashed
1 cup diced onion
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp pepper
2 Tbsp butter
3/4 Cup flour
1 cup beef broth
Cut left over steak into bite sized pieces and throw it into a large frying pan. If you don’t have any leftover steak anything will work including left over hamburger. Add diced onion, I like to use red, and cook over medium heat until your onions begin to caramelize and your meat is heated through. In the meantime cook your carrots and celery together in a medium sized saucepan. Season with salt and pepper and add water or beef broth. If you use beef broth add an additional cup to your list of ingredients. Cook for about 15 minutes on medium. While you are heating your meat and cooking your veggies, you can prepare your mashed potatoes. I add cheese, plain yogurt, salt and pepper to mine, but any mash potato recipe will work and yes, shock horror, instant mash potatoes work as well.
Make your gravy by melting the butter and adding the flour. Continue mixing on high until a roux begins to take shape. The idea is to cook the flour, if you don’t cook it long enough, it will have a bitter taste. I like to continue cooking so that I can get a nice rich dark brown gravy, but if you are in a hurry, just cook until the flour and butter have become a sort of paste before you continue pouring your beef broth into your roux constantly whisking it with a wire whip. If your gravy is too thick, just add more broth. After about 20 minutes, your gravy will be ready to add to your other ingredients.
Mix your meat, onions, celery and carrots together and add the gravy. Mix thoroughly and pour into a casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes and grated cheese if desired and pop in the oven for about 30 minutes. If you prefer crunchy mash potatoes, leave your pie in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven and serve.