Emeril's Shepherd's Pie


YIELD 4 servings


1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 pound ground lamb
1 pound ground beef
1 cup chopped yellow onions
2 carrots, chopped
11/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 ounces button mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
1 bay leaf
1 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 3/4 cups lamb or beef stock
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 pounds potatoes
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup half and half
1/2 cup grated white cheddar


  1. Lightly grease a 6-cup baking dish and set aside. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large saute-pan over medium high heat. Add the lamb and beef and cook until well browned on all sides, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the onions, carrots, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and bay leaf and cook, stirring, until their liquid is almost all gone, about 4 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until starting to color, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually add the stock and Worcestershire sauce, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer another 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a medium pot and cover with salted water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain in a colander and return to the pot. Over low heat, mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, and nutmeg, and mash to incorporate. Add the half and half and mix well. Remove from the heat.
  3. Remove the pot with the meat from the heat. Remove the bay leaf. Spoon into the prepared dish and top with the mashed potatoes, smoothing the top. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and bake until browned and bubbly on top, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

    Editor's Note: Look for grass-fed beef and grass-fed lamb wherever possible.

This recipe appears in: Beef
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