Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie

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This easy dinner idea is the perfect weeknight dinner when you are craving something warm and comforting. There are a lot of variations of shepherd’s pie recipes, and what makes this shepherd pie recipe a little easier than others is that it uses ground beef and store-bought mashed potatoes. You can also choose to use homemade mashed potatoes but you might be in for a surprise with these Main Street Bistro Mashed Potatoes from the refrigerated section of Costco, they'll save you time. Another reason this shepherd’s pie recipe is a little easier is because it all happens in a 12-inch cast iron skillet. The good thing about making it in the cast iron is there is less kitchen clean up, and everyone can do with that. The ingredients you will need for this easy dinner idea include oil, onion, carrots, salt and pepper, ground beef, all-purpose flour, beef broth, Worcestershire, dried thyme, frozen peas, heavy cream, prepared mashed potatoes and fresh herbs for garnish. For the full step by step instructions for this shepherds pie recipe you'll want to take a look at the Lovely Little Kitchen site.

Ground beef is an ingredient that can be used in a variety of easy dinner ideas and food ideas. You can use ground beef for hamburgers, taco, and meatloaf. Ground beef is one of the most popular ways that beef is sold, and it's no surprise. Ground beef is inexpensive and usually seen as a budget cut, and is the backbone to many classic American food ideas and recipes and even just a small amount can add a lot of meaty flavor and texture to your dish. Ground beef is basically beef that has been ground or finely chopped. The grinding process of beef helps to tenderize the cut of beef that normally are very tough, and grinding the fatty cuts of beef in with lean cuts helps to reduce the dryness and to improve the flavor of traditionally dry cuts.

The different cuts of ground beef for your easy dinner ideas include regular ground beef. This cut of beef usually contains the highest fat content, being about 25 to 30 percent, since it ground beef cut from the trimmings of inexpensive cuts such as brisket and shank. Regular ground beef is the least expensive form of ground beef, and while it has the most flavor of ground beef, it will also shrink the most when cooked because of its high fat content. This ground beef cut is the juiciest and most flavorful. Ground chuck contains 15 to 20 percent fat. This is a great all-purpose type of ground beef since it is not as fatty as regular ground beef but it still has good flavor. Ground chuck can also be labeled as lean ground beef. Ground round has about 12 percent fat. If you are planning to cook the ground beef into a sauce recipe or with vegetables and are being mindful of the fat content, ground round is a good choice because it has less fat. And since you are mixing the ground round with other ingredients, the less-beefy flavor of the ground round won't matter. Ground round can also be labeled as extra-lean ground beef. Ground sirloin is one of the leanest, but also most expensive, forms of ground beef. Ground sirloin contains about 10 to 14 percent fat. While ground sirloin may be the healthiest choice, it cooks up the driest of all the kinds of ground beef. Ground sirloin can also be labeled as extra-lean ground beef.

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