My twist on Farmer’s Pie (Shepherd Pie)

We went to eat out last weekend, and at this cafe the special dish was a farmer’s pie. Didn’t now what it was, hubby ordered it. To my surprise, it looks like a shepherd pie! Maybe it’s an American shepherd pie? Anyhow, it was very very good. What caught me though.. the tomato sauce that they used in the pie. It added more flavor to the pie. So yummy that I have been craving for it ever since. So, tonight I tried to make my own, and I used meat instead of ground beef and machego cheese!

1/2 lb thin cut meat or 1 piece- cut up into small pieces (you can also use ground beef)
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, chopped
A few dashes (maybe 3-4) garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons flour
1 beef bullion or 1 cup beef broth or stock
1 cup of mixed vegetables (the kind that you bought in frozen food section, but if you want other kinds, go ahead!)
2 big size of Idaho potatoes or 3 cups ready made mashed potatoes
3 cups cheddar, mozzarella  or manchego cheese, shredded
1 cup of milk
2 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
1 cup of tomato sauce or pasta sauce

In skillet, brown beef and onion. Drain fat. Add garlic, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and worcestershire. Cook for 1 minute. Add beef bullion or broth/stock. Stir fry for another minute then put in flour. Put in vegetables and pasta sauce, mix well.

If you used ready made mashed potatoes, you can omit this section. If not, peel the potatoes, cut them into two then boil until soft. Put a little salt in the water. When potatoes are soft, remove from heat and drain. Place them in a bowl, and with potato masher, mash them. Mix in butter, parmesan cheese, and milk until you reach the consistency you like. You can add milk if you like.

Pour some of the mashed potatoes into a 1 1/2 qt round corningware. Form a crust for the pie. Not too thick, just about 1/4 inch is enough. Next, pour in the meat mixture. Top with the rest of mashed potatoes. Then top with the rest of the cheese.

Bake at 400F for 20 minutes or until the cheese are melted and a little brown. Remove from oven and rest 5-10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

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