Make-Ahead Meal — Shepherd’s Pie

For many of us, time has never been such an important resource as it is today. So many of our day-to-day tasks have been outsourced, in one way or another, so we can focus and concentrate on the things that matter most.

With the recent birth of my twins, I have to plan meals in advance even more and delegate what I can to ensure that I can take care of my newborns and continue to support my family. family at that time.

Enter meals prepared in advance. These are dishes that are a godsend – you can do batch cooking and make them ahead of time so you can just reheat them when you want to serve and basically take the pressure off of coming up with something an hour or so before lunch or dinner – at least you end up ordering delivery.

The beauty of these make-ahead dishes is that you stay in control of the ingredients you put in and can conquer the kitchen, so to speak, one meal at a time.

A dish that is good to prepare in advance is Shepherd’s Pie, a dish of British origin. It’s a fairly easy dish to make, and you get all the essentials in this casserole dish: meat for protein, vegetables, and potato for starch. Many varieties are also possible with this dish.

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Shepherd’s pie is a classic make-ahead dish for the whole family to enjoy.

Ingredients:

1/2 kg ground pork

1/2 kg ground beef

Chopped garlic

Mirepoix – white onion, carrots and celery, diced

Your choice of vegetables – peas, corn

Flour as a thickening agent

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

Your choice of herbs – thyme, rosemary, oregano and sage

Salt and pepper

Worcestershire sauce about 2-3 teaspoons

Your choice of broth – beef or chicken or vegetables

1/2 kg potatoes – about 3 or 4 medium sized pieces

Buttermilk

Procedure:

1. To make the mashed potatoes, peel the potatoes and wash them. Boil in water for about 20-30 minutes until fork tender,

2. In a bowl, place the potatoes and mashed potatoes. Add butter, milk and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Add more butter and milk if you prefer creamier mashed potatoes. Put aside.

4. To make the minced meat, in a skillet, brown the garlic and the mirepoix.

5. Add ground beef and ground pork and cook until browned, about 20 minutes.

6. Add vegetables.

7. Season with salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce and your choice of herbs.

8. Add broth and continue cooking.

9. Add the tomato paste and simmer for a few minutes.

10. Add flour to thicken the sauce.

11. To assemble, in a baking dish, add ground meat mixture and top with mashed potatoes. Garnish with melted cheese and bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

Remarks:

– To make this plant-based or vegan dish, you can choose to replace the meat with TVP or mushrooms and use dairy-free substitutes for milk and butter. A vegetable broth can be used.

– Sausages can be a good alternative to minced meat. Just slice and prepare as above.

– You can also serve the shepherd’s pie with a side salad

Yield: For 4 to 6 people

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