Day 30 of my 30 day challenge (that was fast!) is to share my favourite comfort food recipe. This one is tough because I’m a lover of all food haha. I think if I had to pick, it would be Shepards Pie. There’s just something about all the layers and flavours of deliciousness that get my fat cells super excited hahaha. My favourite food is anything ground beef, so this doesn’t surprise me at all. I’m also one of those piglets who always add fat to something that is already fattening, so I will admit that I smother my Shepards Pie with gravy. Beef gravy to be exact! I also have my healthy days (which I like to think are more often than not) so I have looked at (but never ever made) a healthier alternative to Shepards Pie. You can swap the ground beef with ground turkey and use mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. It’s all fun and games until your Shepards Pie tastes nothing like Shepards Pie…no thank you. I’ll stick to my celery and protein and indulge when I really need to haha.
Here is a recipe from my girl Martha Stewart…you know her right? Hahaha.
- 1 pound ground beef chuck
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 box (10 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables (no need to thaw)
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 3 cups mashed potatoes
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Heat a large (5-quart) heavy pot or Dutch oven over high. Cook beef, breaking up meat with a spoon, until no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
Add thyme, ketchup, and flour; stir until combined.
Add 1/2 cup water and vegetables. Cook until vegetables are warmed through and liquid has thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon beef mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Spread potatoes evenly over beef; using a fork, decorate potatoes with lines and peaks. Place dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until potatoes are lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve.
So, I guess this is it? What does one do when they no longer have a 30 day challenge? Hahaha I guess I could always start another challenge but there were days that I actually stressed out if I wasn’t feeling it, so I think for now I’ll take it easy. Maybe I’ll start another one eventually. Thanks for reading and commenting and encouraging me to continue. Thanks for making me feel sane even though I am the weirdest person on planet earth hahaha it was fun to participate and I encourage others to challenge themselves. There are so many challenges floating around so if this one isn’t for you, I’m sure there is one out there that is. Have a lovely Thursday and happy writing!