This is my three cheers for shepherd’s pie casserole recipe. It’s a nice variation of the classic dish! Yams top a layer of kale with grass-fed beef in broth, spices, onions and corn at the base of this delicious meal!!
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Shepherd’s Pie Casserole and what it means to me
I had shepherd’s pie casserole years ago and I didn’t like it, to begin with. However, maybe I was just in a mood. In fact, maybe that day I didn’t want my veggies mixed with meat and potatoes. Or maybe I just didn’t like shepherd’s pie.
Over the years, I would listen to my sister Robyn tell me many times that she had baked her family a shepherd’s pie and that it was delicious. At that point, I’d figuratively turn my nose up in the air and pooh – pooh the news in my head.
Years later, we go to my sister-in-law’s for an overnight visit. She pays to have a fully cooked gourmet meal sent to her house every week. The week we visit, it is shepherd’s pie casserole. She offers to share it with us for dinner.
At this point, I think, “Oh, joy!”
I am a good guest though so I dutifully take a bite.
Surprisingly, I am loving it. Between bites, I am also asking questions about it.
- What do you think she used in the gravy? (SIL doesn’t know)
- What kind of cheese is this? (Cheddar)
- Did she cook the kale first? (Shoulder shrugs)
Hence, I decide I am going to wing it. How hard can it be? Besides, I’m rather clever so I’m sure I could figure it out.
And I do!
So, I cheer with my metaphorical pom-poms and short skirt and the rest is history.
And speaking of, here are a few of the other casseroles I’ve blogged about that are beloved by my family:
On to the Cheer for Shepherd’s Pie Casserole Recipe
Firstly, I preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pictured above, we have some delicious grass-fed beef, an onion, some beef broth and two freshly baked yams.
Lastly, I cut up the freshly cooked yams in slices and get the corn out of the freezer.
Start Layering the Shepherd’s Pie Casserole
I add broth and the corn to the meat mixture. I simmer it for 2 minutes and pour it into the baking dish. Next, I get the kale and sliced yams.
I take a few handfuls of kale and place them on top of the meat mixture.
I layer the yams on the kale and shred some cheddar cheese on top. I don’t take the skins off the yams but you can if you prefer to.
By the way, here’s another option: you can either spread out the yams by using your knife or you can leave them the way I did in the photo above. I’ve done it both ways so I need to bake this shepherd’s pie at least 12 more times before I can be sure which way is best.
Finally, I pop the shepherd’s pie into the oven and bake it for 25 minutes.
While I’m waiting, I make a salad. When the shepherd’s pie casserole is done, I let it sit for a few minutes and then plate it with a few asparagus spears.
And the next time my sister Robyn tells me that shepherd’s pie casserole is delicious, I will nod my head, knowingly.
I hope you enjoyed this Shepherd’s Pie Casserole recipe! Christopher and I certainly enjoy this meal.
Also, please leave me a comment. Do you like shepherd’s pie? I would love to know.
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And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 pound ground beef grass-fed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons garlic paste or 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 cup corn fresh or frozen
- 1 cup kale a few handfuls
- 2 baked yams cut into thin slices, lengthwise
- 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- Preheat oven to 375 F
- Heat up your sauté pan or wok on medium heat
- Add oil
- Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes
- Add beef, salt, cumin, oregano and garlic paste and sauté for 5 more minutes
- Add broth and let it come to a simmer
- Add corn and cook for 2 minutes
- Pour meat mixture in baking dish
- Spread kale over meat mixture
- Place yam slices over kale covering it completely
- Sprinkle cheddar over yams
- Bake for 25 minutes
- Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into the shepherd's pie
- Plate with a veggie
The yams take 50 minutes to bake. I won't add the time. You can slice into the yam with a sharp knife at least 6 times and cover with foil. Bake at 375 for 50 minutes. You can bake the yams a few hours before you make the shepherd's pie.