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shepherdpiedone_side shepherdpiedoneSome virus is going around the house and hubby wanted some quick comfort food to feel better. His request was a layered shepherd’s pie, “Not too rich, not too fatty and ask the butcher to grind up some good steak.”  And who doesn’t like a meat pie with mashed potatoes? Wikipedia dates “cottage pie” back to 1791, when the potato was being introduced an edible crop affordable for the poor.

I picked out a gorgeous London broil. With less fat I knew I needed to add some fat content. I wanted to use short rib, but we’d placed an order for 60 lbs from our farmers market farmer for this week’s farm-to-table dinner and I didn’t dare ask for another ounce …  Instead I picked up some pancetta; like butter, it makes things taste better.

I used raw cream in my mashed potatoes, but you can reduce calories by substituting with milk. Budget conscious? Add more vegetables (and used a bigger baking dish). Frozen vegetables makes this dish a snap to make.

You wouldn’t have known hubby wasn’t feeling well. He had some for dessert, too.

What you need:cottage aka shepherd's pie

  • 1 tbs Devo Olive Oil Tuscan Herb EVOO
  • 1 3-oz pkg pancetta
  • 1 lg onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 lg carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb ground London Broil
  • 1 c beef broth
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 12-oz pk frozen peas
  • 1 12-oz pk frozen corn
  • 10 sm-med russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 8 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c fresh cream or milk
  • Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper

What you do:

  • Heat oven to 375°.
  • Season beef.
  • In lg pot bring potatoes to boil in salted water.
  • Cook until tender, about 15-20 min.
  • Turn off heat, drain and return to pot.
  • Mash potatoes with the butter and milk.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Set aside.
  • In lg sauté pan heat oil, pancetta, onion and carrot.
  • When onion becomes translucent add beef.
  • Cook until browned, 8 to 10 min.
  • Drain fat and add broth.
  • Mix in the paste and rosemary.
  • Reduce heat to simmer.
  • Cook about 10 min.
  • Pour 1/2 of beef mixture into into 1 1/2-quart baking dish.
  • Top with 1/2 corn, 1/2 peas, 1/2 potatoes , remaining peas, remaining carrots, remaining beef and remaining potatoes.
  • Using fork, make a crisscross design on top of the potatoes.
  • Bake until golden, 30 to 35 min.