Best Shepherd's Pie Recipe
- 2-1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cooked
- 1 to 1-1/2 cups (8 to 12 ounces) sour cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
- 1 can (16 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Chopped fresh parsley, optional
- 1. In a large bowl, mash potatoes with sour cream. Add salt and pepper; set aside. In a large skillet, cook beef with onion and red pepper until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Stir garlic salt into meat mixture. Stir in the soup, corn and milk.
- 2. Spread meat mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes; drizzle with butter.
- 3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. For additional browning, place under broiler for a few minutes. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings.
1 cup: 378 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 626mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.
Reviews for Best Shepherd's Pie
"I substituted Greek plain yogurt for the sour cream & also 1 lb of ground beef and 1 pound of ground turkey. Added 1 cup of frozen peas and carrots. Sprinkled top with parsley and Parmesan cheese. As other reviewer stated 1 T of worceshire sauce. Delish!!"
"OH MY!! for this shepherd's pie!! family loved it!! will cook again!!"
"I would recommend using less milk so that it does not become so soupy. The milk did not help thicken the soup. I even added additional vegetables like peas and carrots."
"Loved it and so did my familyThank you for this recipe"
"Great recipe! I made this for a small group study at church and it was almost gone before we knew it! They all loved it and went back for seconds and even thirds. I did tweak it a bit. I didn't have onions on hand so I substituted about a 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder and mixed that into the chopped meat. I omitted the red pepper and the can of corn and used a can of mixed vegetables instead. However, the recipe says this feeds 8-10. I would say that one batch would probably feed more like 4 people. I had to double it and I'm glad I did. I will definitely make this again!"
"Received several compliments at our senior apartment potluck. Have fixed this easy recipe several times. Added 1 T Worcestershire Sauce, 1 C frozen peas, 1 C or three diced carrots. Do not add corn."
"It wasn't terrible, It just TERRIBLY lacked flavor. It was very bland. Like eating unflavored ground beef with unflavored mashed potatoes and unflavored vegetables. I even added fresh garlic and mushrooms, but it helped nothing. I will not make this again. Waste of money for the ingredients. We wasted half the 9X13" pie."
"This is a really good recipe. Made it for friends that came for dinner & they loved it. Will be making this again"
"We love the heck out of this recipe! It comes together quick, makes plenty for leftovers, & tastes AMAZING! We even add a bit of cheese on top for extra yummy-ness. This is a regular in our household."
"I just want to update this - Many years after starting to make this, I am still in love with this recipe. It is my favorite recipe on this site and one of the reasons I still come to this website for ideas. It's versatile, so you can put just about any spices in it. I use red skinned mashed potatoes now, and any type of shredded cheese (mozzarella tastes awesome in this recipe). We make this every few weeks and it still tastes good as leftovers."
"No stars popped up for me to rate, but I give it 5! I added 1 tsp. beef bouillon granules dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water to the ground beef. I also added a 15 oz. can of Veg-All, drained. I've made this recipe since the Country Cooking book came out and it's still my family's favorite thing."
"This is the best shepherd's pie I have ever made. I made a few changes and this will be a regular in our house. I did not use the sweet rep pepper or canned corn. Instead, I added 16ozs of frozen mixed veggies, putting them in the pan after draining the beef/onions. I also added about a teaspoon of worscestershire. When making my mashed potatoes, I added a tablespoon of horseradish and milk until it was creamy since I didn't have enough sour cream. I did not put the butter on top. Instead, I cooked for 25 minutes, then put a layer of shredded cheese on top and cooked for 5 minutes more. Delicious!"
"Never made a shepherd's pie before, but this was excellent! To speed things up, I used a package of instant mashed potatoes and it still turned out great. Perfect for a cold winter evening and also keeps very well. I halved the recipe and it worked fine. Will definitely make it again!"
"Overall, it was very good! I used ground turkey instead of beef and used one cup each of both frozen corn and peas instead of the canned corn; the flavor and moisture were nice although I did feel like it was missing "something"...maybe an additional herb or spice? Will definitely hold on to this recipe."
"Comfort food at it's best. I used leftover roast beef, and french green beans instead of corn. Also made the mashed potatoes flavored with garlic. It was wonderful!"
"We substituted brown gravy for the cream of mushroom soup and added a few drops of hot sauce. This dish has endless possibilities to change it up for individual tastes. We also brought it to a pot luck and everyone wanted the recipe."
"I might mention, the recipe I cooked my shredded beef can be found here: http://www.food.com/recipe/to-die-for-crock-pot-roast-27208Plus, I omited the garlic salt to the shepard's pie too. Yes (I know...) many changes, but I loved that the poster posted the original recipe.That... with my additions, as I said... the results were just SPECTACULAR!!!"
"Thanks for a great "base" recipe. Here's how I made this dish and it turned out SPECTACULAR!I had some leftover roast beef, which I shredded and used instead of hamburger. (It tastes divine!)I added some steamed green beans and diced carrots (in place of the corn).I agree the red pepper is a GREAT addition.To kick up the flavor I also added:1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce1 tablespoon Beef base baste (from Sam's Club)2 teaspoons Kitchen Bouquet gravy sauceI also sprinkled Colby Jack cheese over top the mashed potatoes.Again thanks again for posting the original recipe!"
"My family loved this......even my picky eater son!!! I did also use instant potatoes, quick and easy! I have made it ahead of time and just popped it in the oven when we wanted to eat!"
"You can substitute any cream soup without issue. I usually use Cream of Celery in place of Cream of Mushroom in a pinch but Cream of Onion would work nicely too."
"Is there a substitute for the cream of mushroom? I don't eat mushrooms but I really want to try this recipe."
"Have not made this yet but plan to. I would question what is in the potatoes that isn't in the recipe. From the photo it looks as if there is something green in the potatoes (broccoli?) as well as something yellow (cheese?) It would be nice if the photo matches the recipe instructions. If the extra ingredients are a variation, fine, but at least include them in the recipe."
"my whole family loves this. The red pepper adds the perfect flavor, we use instant potatoes for a super quick meal, and like to make the frozen sweet corn instead of canned. We also cover the whole thing with potatoes and sprinkle the top with cheddar cheese. yum!"
"Not much flavor."
"been making for couple of years now and love it every time!"
"Delicious in every way! I tripled the recipe to feed 30, made it the night before and threw it in the oven the next day. I used two cans of cream of mushroom and one can of cream of mushroom roasted garlic and cans of mixed vegetables because it was what I had in stock and it was GREAT! Will absolutely make again!"
"This recipe is definitely a KEEPER! I was looking for a recipe that didn't call for "beef gravy" as I didn't have any beef stock on hand nor did I have any bottled or canned gravy. (Yuck!) The mushroom soup/milk was delicious and held the rest of the ingredients together very well without being too liquidy. I also added powdered garlic to the hamburger while it browned and added to the butter to the potatoes when I mashed them with the sour cream. Also, added a couple of chopped carrots for more color. Perfect winter dish!"
"I've made this recipe several times. A favorite in our house!"
"The first time I made this recipe for my boyfriend was over six months ago. We both love it and I cook this at least once a month. I like to add a few pickled jalapenos to the meat, it adds a nice little kick."
"This was fabulous! Me and my family just loved this. It's so good. If I was stuck on an island and I could only have one food it would be this."
"I have 3 sons and a very picky husband. They all love this recipe and ask for it often."
"My husband doesn't like casseroles, but he is the first back in line for this recipe! I used to throw away leftover mashed potatoes - not anymore! We all love this one!"
"I don't use sour cream at all,but I do add soy sauce."
"kc... try plain yogurt in place of the sour cream. I prefer the Greek style because it's thicker."
"We don't like sour cream, so what can I use instead?Thanks,kc"
"The Sour cream adds a nice touch to the potatoes. The recipe is a keeper."