The next time you make shepherd's pie, take it to another level by swapping out the usual ground beef for braised beef. Not just any braised beef, though: This wine-braised beef adds a sumptuous richness to the meat and, therefore, to the entire pie. This recipe shows just how easy it is.
Make this dish even easier by preparing the beef on a weekend or afternoon when you have some time. Let it sit in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it. As it sits, the flavors will deepen and become more pronounced. If, after smelling that irresistible aroma for a few hours, you just can't wait to dig in, finish preparing it as suggested. No one will blame you.