Monday, January 4, 2010

Shepherd's Pie

2 lb. extra lean ground top sirloin
Extra-light olive oil
1 yellow onion sliced thin and half-wise
1 lb. mushrooms, stemmed & quartered
1/2-1 cup red wine(non-alcoholic)
2 cups beef broth
2 Tbl. corn starch
1 lb. baby carrots sliced lengthwise & steamed
1/2 cup frozen peas
8 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 Tbl. fresh rosemary finely chopped
salt & pepper to taste

In a large saute pan brown ground top sirloin, breaking up pieces as it cooks. Drain any grease and set aside in a large bowl. With pan still hot, add 1 Tbl. olive oil and onion. Cook down onions until golden and caramelized, but not burnt. While onions are cooking, steam sliced carrots in microwave until al dente(approx. 4 minutes on high). Add carrots to beef mixture. Add onions to beef in large bowl when translucent. While pan is still hot, add additional 1 Tbl. olive oil and add mushrooms. Cook at high-med heat until golden on all sides. Add 1 Tbl. butter and cook additional minute. Add red wine and lower heat slightly, cook until wine reduces by half. Add salt and pepper and stir. Mix beef broth with 2 Tbl. cornstarch with wire whisk. Pour over mushrooms and stir until thickened. Turn off heat and pour mushroom/gravy mixture over beef mixture and fold until all ingredients are coated. Pour into greased deep 9x13" pan.

In a large pot, bring 2 qts. water and diced potatoes to boil, salt water and reduce heat slightly to avoid boil-over. Cook for approx. 20 minutes, until fork tender. Drain and return to pan. Add 1 stick of butter, 1/2 cup milk or sour cream, salt and pepper to taste, rosemary, and mash with potato masher. Spread potatoes over beef mixture. Bake at 375' for approx. 35-40 minutes, uncovered, until top is golden.

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