How to make shepherd’s pie casserole with crisp potatoes (video)

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Classic shepherd's pie topped with mashed potatoes is the perfect comfort food. The recipe below, topped with a layer of crisp potatoes, makes the traditional recipe a bit more chic. But don't worry; it's still the perfect comfort food meal that will satisfy you any night of the week.
The secret to success with this recipe is ensuring that the potatoes are super thinly sliced. You may want to use a mandoline to get slices as thin as potato chips that will crisp up perfectly in the oven. If you like, you can substitute ground lamb for the ground beef.
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Shepherd's Pie Casserole with Crisp Potatoes
6
15 minutes
1 hour
1 hour, 15 minutes
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, finely diced
2 carrots, medium diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups beef broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
4 large Yukon Gold potatoes, very thinly sliced
4 tablespoons melted butter
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a pan. Add the beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
Add the remaining butter to the skillet. Add the onion and carrots and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly browned, about 10 minutes.
Add the garlic to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Return the beef to the pan. Sprinkle the flour over the top. Cook for about 1 minute, then stir in the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Bring to a boil, then add the peas.
Brush a baking pan with melted butter. Arrange about two-thirds of the potato slices in it, overlapping them slightly and bringing them up the sides of the pan. Brush with melted butter and season with salt and pepper.
Add the beef mixture to the baking pan. Top with the remaining potato slices, overlapping them slightly. Brush with melted butter and season with salt and pepper.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Place the casserole under the broiler to get the topping nice and crisp.
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