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Easy Shepherd's Pie with Leftover Pot Roast
Comfort food for a cold, rainy day - this shepherd's pie is made with leftover pot roast and plenty of mashed potatoes for an easy dinner the whole family will love.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
- 1 1/2 pounds cooked beef leftover pot roast works well shredded and then chopped coarsely
- 2 cups carrots cooked
- 2 cups green beans cooked
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/3 cup flour
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 1/2 pounds potatoes (about 3 to 4 large potatoes)
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar
Preheat the oven to 375°.
Grease a baking dish and add the leftover cooked beef in an even layer.
Cover with a layer of the carrots, then the green beans.
Melt the 1/4 cup butter in a heavy frying pan.
Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly until it is a golden color, about 2 minutes.
Whisk in the milk and simmer, stirring often, until the gravy is smooth and thick.
Pour over the meat and vegetables.
Peel and cut the potatoes into chunks.
Boil them in salted water until they are very tender.
Mash them with a potato masher or use a mixer, adding in the 3/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup butter.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon over the meat and vegetables and sprinkle the cheddar over the top.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the cheese it bubbly and the dish is heated all the way through.
- Jarred, prepared gravy is a great timesaver if you are in a rush.
- Save time by using prepared mashed potatoes from the store. Costco has some that are really good.
- Cooked ground beef can be used in place of the leftover roast beef - You'll need about 3 cups.
- Cooked, boneless chicken can be substituted for the beef.
- Pulled pork is a delicious variation to this recipe. I like to substitute corn for the carrots, and use BBQ sauce over the meat instead of gravy when using the pulled pork.
- Shepherd's Pie can be assembled up to 2 days ahead of time - keep covered in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it.
- Chopped onions can be sauteed until tender in some butter and added over the meat layer.
- Want to save some calories and carbs? Use mashed cauliflower in place of the potatoes.
- You may add peas instead of green beans - or along with the green beans if you like
Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 1173mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6170IU | Vitamin C: 21.4mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 7.6mg