My love for Shepherd's pie started at the British School of Lome. Okay, what we were served from that kitchen during lunch was not quite the real deal, but I could imagine its potential, if done right.
I was part of a cooking club that met at one of the teacher's houses in BSL, and it was there that I made it for the first time. I cannot claim to remember every step from back then, but a simple and straight forward tutorial given to me by my sis-in-law, Daureen, brought back memories.
I tried it again a few months ago, and have made it a few more times since for my sis, who loves it.
What you need:
Mashed potatoes - I like to make mine (potatoes, butter(low fat spread), milk (I prefer lowfat/skim)
Ground beef/turkey - have used both and both taste great (Sister claims she does not taste the difference)
Onions - chopped
Mixed veggies - whatever kind you have will work. I have even used Asian stir-fry mixed veggies
Gravy - l like to make mine with a dissolved bouillon cube and a little flour for thickening, but, store bought is great.
Salt and black pepper to taste.
What to do:
Spray cooking spray into a heated pan
Sautee onions until cooked
Add ground meat, salt and pepper (to taste), and brown until cooked
Add mixed vegetables, cook until tender
Add gravy and simmer for 5 minutes
Grab a casserole dish, add the beef mixture
Spread the mashed potatoes over the mixture
Run lines over the surface with a fork (optional)
Bake in a 400 degree (F) oven for 45 minutes or until starts to brown and sauce starts to bubble over.
Simple and delicious.