Shepherd’s Pie is a savory classic from the flavorful meat and gravy up to the creamy mashed potatoes! Instant Pot instructions included to make this meal a one pot wonder!! This classic comfort food is the perfect meal for your family!
Shepherd’s Pie- The Savory Classic that always hits the spot!
Things are cooling down, we are at the end of October and all things FALL are going on around here! Yesterday I made some delicious Snickerdoodle Muffins, last week it was Mini Apple Pies. Fall comfort foods are just the best!
I work with the youth in my Church and we all get together once per week on Wednesdays and have a fun activity. Tonight, we all went to a corn maze! Have you ever been to a corn maze before?
I haven’t been in YEARS! Pretty sure the last time I went, I was in high school, it was spooky and I think I may have cried. #noshame Tonight, there was literally hundreds of youth aged 12-18 running around in this giant corn maze. I am a very short person, and in the dark I blend in with the youth extremely well. A 13 year old might have asked for my phone number. *face palm*
It was CHILLY tonight though! I was so happy when I got home to find that there was a little bit of this Shepherds Pie leftover. I popped the leftovers into the microwave and it warmed my heart right down to my toes!!
Ever since getting my Instant Pot, I haven’t made Shepherd’s Pie any other way! If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, watch those Black Friday sales, YOU NEED ONE!! I’ll include instructions in the post on how to put this together if you do not own an Instant Pot (yet).
How to make Shepherd’s Pie in the Instant Pot
First, brown the ground beef. I like to purchase my ground beef in bulk, brown the ground beef and then freeze it cooked. So this step for me looks like, pulling my cooked ground beef out of the freezer and letting it sit on the counter for a few minutes. I always freeze the ground beef 1 lb at a time, flat in ziplock bags.
Once your ground beef is cooked (or thawed!) Toss that, a diced onion and carrots into the Instant Pot. Season with salt, pepper and some parsley.
Pour some beef broth into the Instant Pot. Set aside.
Peel and cut your potatoes. Toss those into your steamer basket.
Place the steamer basket on top of the ground beef, carrots etc.
I have this steamer basket that I bought off of amazon. There are a lot of things I like about it, but I think a silicone steamer basket might be better. A silicone steamer basket will be more pliable and it will be easier to fit more into the pot with a silicone basket.
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Pressure cook this on Manual HIGH for 3 minutes. (Yes, 3 minutes!!) Quick release the pressure.
Remove the steamer basket and pour the potatoes into a large bowl.
Add some frozen peas and a packet of Au Jus seasoning mix to the Instant Pot. Return the lid and let it sit for 5 minutes while you make up the mashed potatoes!
I love to add some butter and sour cream to my potatoes and then quickly ‘mash’ them using my hand mixer.
Turn the Instant Pot onto sauté and add in a cornstarch slurry to thicken the gravy. You’ll want to add the cornstarch slurry when the broth starts to boil.
Pour the contents of the Instant Pot into an oven safe dish. Top with the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle some shredded cheese on top of the mashed potatoes, if desired.
Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Make sure to keep an eye on it though! If your oven is anything like mine, it will go from cold to burnt/black/on fire in about .2 seconds.
How to make Shepherd’s Pie on the stovetop
To make this on the stove top, you will brown the ground beef first. then add the onion, carrots and broth. Simmer until the carrots are cooked. Add in the peas, au jus seasoning mix and simmer for 2 minutes. Add in a corn starch slurry to thicken the gravy.
In a separate pot, boil the potatoes until cooked and ready to mash. Mash the potatoes
Transfer the meat and gravy to an oven safe dish, top with the mashed potatoes. Sprinkle cheese onto the mashed potatoes, if desired. Broil until golden brown
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