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Baked Shepherd's Pie

Baked Shepherd's Pie

You can use the ingredients for croquettes to transform into shepherds pie by baking it in a casserole dish. The meat, potatoes, and melted cheese are delicious.

Ingredients: 3-4 people

Potatoes
500g
Ground beef and pork mix
150g
Onion
1/2 medium sized
Milk
50-70ml
Easy melting cheese
20-30g
salt
1/4 teaspoon
Soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon
Pepper
a small amount
Nutmeg
a small amount
Salt and pepper (For the mashed potatoes)
To taste
Whisked eggs (This helps to brown the recipe more easily; optional)
As needed

Steps

1. Peel the potatoes, cut into fourths, and boil.
2. Finely chop the onions, and sauté in a pan coated with vegetable oil (not listed, about 1 teaspoon) until they become transparent.
3. Add the ground meat, cook until it changes color, add salt, soy sauce, pepper, and nutmeg and sauté some more.
4. Once the potatoes are cooked through, drain, season with salt and pepper, and mash.
5. Once they are pretty well mashed, add milk and mix thoroughly (Adjust the firmness to your liking with milk). Taste, and add more salt if needed.
6. Put half of the mashed potatoes into a casserole dish, and spread it out evenly.
7. Add all of the ground meat from step 3, and top with cheese.
8. Divide the remaining mashed potatoes into 3 equal portions and scatter on top.
9. Press it out evenly with plastic wrap.
10. Coat it with whisked egg; use a fork to make a pattern, and cook at 480°F/250°C for 15 minutes, and then at 570°F/300°C for another 5-6 minutes.
11. You are done once it turns golden brown!
12. *If you are having trouble getting it to turn golden brown, I have a little trick... Mix 1 teaspoon of Mirin in with the whisked eggs and coat, and it will turn golden brown easily.
13. **If you don't have Mirin, then bake at 570°F/300°C from the start until it browns, and then reduce the heat.

Story Behind this Recipe

The meat juice is absorbed by the potatoes and it is delicious! My sons often request this. It is a variation of Shepherd's Pie simplified it in my own style, with ingredients readily available in my home.