Friday, August 28, 2009

sheperd's pie

We have been to Walt Disney World twice and both times we have gone to Rose & Crown in Epcot....It is AMAZING!! We enjoyed the "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" (a dazzling Fireworks, Music and Laser Light Show, featured over the World Showcase water feature—it's truly an amazing sight) from the patio and the wonderful food. We feel in love with their Shepard's pie...this is truly a meal EVERYONE will LOVE!!!

2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled, diced
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons milk (approximate)
salt, to taste
fresh ground pepper, to taste
2 medium onions, chopped
2 lbs lean ground beef
2 large carrots, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can beef broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
paprika (optional)

Cook potatoes in boiling salted water until tender, about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°F. Drain potatoes and mash; add 2 tbsp of the butter and enough milk to have a firm but not runny consistency. Season potatoes with salt and pepper to taste. Heat 1 tbsp butter in sauté pan; add onion, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add ground beef, and cook until beef is lightly browned; drain off any excess fat. Add carrots and mushrooms to beef and cook until tender, about 10 minutes, adding 1-2 tbsp water to keep beef from drying out, as needed. Add Worcestershire sauce. Stir together and add beef broth and cornstarch; bring all to a boil, stirring constantly.Add nutmeg. Remove from heat. Place meat mixture into oven proof casserole dish; cover with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika if you like. Bake at 400°F for 25-30 minutes, or until potatoes are light golden.

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