Use your slow cooker to make a traditional shepherd's pie that's filled with lean ground beef and vegetables and topped with creamy mashed potatoes.
4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 lb.)
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound lean ground beef
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
How to Make It
Prick potatoes all over with a fork. Microwave potatoes on high, turning once, until tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from microwave, let cool slightly, then peel and mash with milk and butter. Season with salt and pepper.
In a skillet over medium heat, warm olive oil. Add onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds longer. Add beef, increase heat to medium-high and cook, breaking up chunks, until meat is cooked through and beginning to brown, 8 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, Worcestershire, thyme and 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. In a small cup, whisk cornstarch with 1 cup water. Add to skillet and cook, stirring, until liquid thickens slightly. Remove from heat; transfer to slow cooker.
Layer vegetables on top of meat; top with potatoes. Cover, turn slow cooker to low and cook for 3 hours.
I don't like when people make changes to a recipe and then rate the recipe based on the changes they made to it. I made this as it is written, using the best ingredients I could find. Whatever happened to my version of this recipe was gross. The consistency was off, there was way to much thyme, and it was not savory enough for my tastes. Even my husband, who will usually eat anything anyone puts in front of him, thought the taste was a bit off. We both tried this as leftovers the next day for lunch, and the smell of the thyme, with the weird taste was off-putting. I hope I just did something wrong, but I would not want to risk it and waste ingredients to make this again.
I love this recipe- of course like many I tweak it based on tastes. I like more Worcestershire sauce and more potatoes and veggies. Traditionally I used the golden potatoes but it's a lot more work. Think this time will use instant (despite the delicious sweet taste you get from the golden potatoes). I happened to have some leftover ground beef to use for this recipe- so it's perfect. My husband and I love this recipe....in fact he demanded it be put in the rotation of recipes. We just don't usually have the ground beef around for it :) YUM!
If you follow the directions then yes you will get a bland dinner but I always use ground turkey and add my own spices to give a nice flavor. I also make more mashed potatoes because my family loves them. I think this is a great week day family dinner.
Wow! Cook potatoes, mash potatoes, cook veggies AND ground beef....This is not a slow cooker recipe that I would want. What happend to "layer items in slow cooker & forget?" Too many steps & dirty dishes...lol MOST of ur recipes i LOVE!
This recipe needs some spices! It was pretty tasteless in the end but the consistancy was good--and if you didn't mind adding a ton of pepper and some more salt it was a fine dinner. I would not make this for a party or for guests. If I make it again though I will probably get some fresh herbs and really load them on.
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