These Shepherd’s Pie Mashed Potatoes are a delicious comfort meal…perfect for cold winter days!
Oh, 2017. Where did you go? It seems like just yesterday when I was sitting in our basement with a couple of friends watching the ball drop. And now it’s time to do it again. 2017 has been a good year, though, so I can’t complain. Little Robbie has grown like a weed, and it’s a blast having him around the house. One big exhausting blast.
Asking parents to keep up with the energy of toddlers is like nature’s version of a cruel joke. Seriously. That kid runs circles around our kitchen island just for fun. Meanwhile, I sit on the couch wondering why my hip has been hurting lately. Geez, I really am an old man! Pretty soon, I’m going to be like Grandpa Simpson writing complaint letters to my congressman about my disdain for the metric system. (Just kidding…I actually really like the metric system!)
As we wrap up this year, we find ourselves heading into the cold, cold winter here in upstate New York. Temperatures hit -6°F a couple of nights ago, and that just calls for curling up on the couch next to the fire. (Either that, or it calls for going to the curling club!) Delicious comfort food helps us survive these cold months, and these Shepherd’s Pie Mashed Potatoes are the very definition of cold weather comfort food.
What’s more, these Shepherd’s Pie Mashed Potatoes are a great way to use up any leftover mashed potatoes that you might have hanging around in the fridge after your holiday dinner. Heck, even if you don’t have any leftover mashed potatoes, you can whip up a quick batch using this easy slow cooker mashed potatoes recipe.
Shepherd’s Pie is a classic comfort food. It’s the kind of food that you’d find in a local pub in the English countryside. It’s inexpensive, hearty and relies largely on leftovers. I chose to use ground beef here, but any sort of leftover meat will work. Got some leftover ham or turkey from Christmas dinner? Throw it in! Technically, a shepherd’s pie uses ground lamb, but Google tells me that the term is largely synonymous with either lamb or beef. (In fact, if you make this one with leftover turkey and ham, then it would be called a St. Stephen’s Day Pie.) Furthermore, a shepherd’s pie is actually a meat and veggie filling baked with a layer of mashed potatoes on top. I flipped that one around and put the filling on top of a bed of mashed ‘taters. Same thing…just a different way to present it!
No matter what you call it, it’s delicious. It’s comforting. It’s the perfect meal as we head into Old Man Winter’s embrace. And with that, I’m off to cut the tags off my mattress. Cheers, friends!