Jack Witherspoon's Shepherd's Pie


Serves 4

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 /2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 /2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper One 1 1/4-pound beef rib eye roast, cut into l-inch cubes 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 /2 cup chopped yellow onion 1 /2 cup chopped carrot 3 cloves garlic, minced 3/4 cup beef broth 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes (drained if canned) 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh minced thyme 1 /2 cup frozen peas Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato Topping
3 large baking (russet) potatoes, peeled and diced 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature 3/4 cup milk, at room temperature 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 3 roasted garlic cloves [Jack can explain the roasting technique) J


1. In a pie pan, combine the flour, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; stir well with a whisk to blend . Roll the meat in the seasoned flour to coat on all sides. 2. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-hi gh heat a nd saute the onion and carrot until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the meat to the saucepan and cook until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the broth , tomatoes, sugar, and thyme. Stir well. Bring to a boil an d reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 25 to 30 minutes until carrots are just tender and gravy is bubbly. Stir in the peas , then salt and pepper to taste. 3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 °F and make the topping : Put the potatoes in a large pot of salted cold water, bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well and return to the pot. Cook, shaking the pan, over medium heat for a minute or two to cook off the excess water. Add the butter and nutmeg and mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Using an electric mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the milk and garlic until smooth and fluffy. You may add more milk for fluffier potatoes. 4. Scoop the meat mixture into a 9 1 /2-inch deep dish pie plate or baking dish. Dollop the mashed potatoes on top and smooth with a rubber spatula. 5. Bake for 15 minutes. Set the oven to broil and cook 4 inches from the heat source for 4 to 5 minutes to brown the top. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving with metal spatula.
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