Quick and Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie

Skillet Shepherds Pie

Ingredients:

1½ pounds russet potatoes (about 3 medium), peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1½ pounds ground beef
1 onion, minced
salt and black pepper
¼ cup flour
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
2 cups chicken broth
1½ teaspoons minced fresh thyme
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup half-and-half
2 cups frozen peas and carrots or corn, thawed


Directions:

1. Cover potatoes with 1 inch water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook until tender (about 15 minutes).

2. While potatoes are simmering, cook ground beef in a 12 inch skillet over medium heat, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon until almost cooked through (about 3 minutes).

3. Drain all but 1 Tablespoon fat from the skillet.

4. Return skillet to medium heat. Add onion and ½ teaspoon salt and cook until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

5. Stir in flour and tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, until flour is well blended (about 1 minute).

6. Slowly whisk in broth, thyme, and Worcestershire; scraping up browned bits. Bring to a simmer.

7. Return drained ground beef to skillet, cover, and cook over medium-low heat until sauce is thickened (6 to 8 minutes).

8. Drain potatoes, return to pot, and mash with a potato masher.

9. Stir in butter, then half-and-half. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover to keep warm.

10. Stir peas and carrots into beef mixture and simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

11. Serve filling topped with mashed potatoes. Makes 4 servings.

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