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Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potato

Experience a delightful twist on a classic with our Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potato—a cozy and flavorful combination of hearty shepherd’s pie filling nestled within a perfectly baked potato. This comforting dish brings together the best of both worlds, offering the creamy goodness of a baked potato with the savory, seasoned blend of ground meat, vegetables, and rich gravy. Prepare to enjoy a satisfying meal that’s both comforting and creative.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

For the Shepherd’s Pie Filling:

  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

For the Baked Potatoes:

  • Russet potatoes (1 per serving)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

For Topping:

  • Mashed potatoes (optional)

Preparation Steps:

For the Shepherd’s Pie Filling:

  1. In a skillet, brown ground lamb or beef over medium heat. Drain excess fat.
  2. Add chopped onions, diced carrots, and minced garlic. Sauté until vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Sprinkle flour over the mixture and stir to thicken the filling. Add frozen peas and simmer until the mixture is well combined.

For the Baked Potatoes: 5. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

  1. Wash and scrub Russet potatoes. Pat them dry.
  2. Pierce the potatoes with a fork and rub them with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt.
  3. Bake the potatoes directly on the oven rack for about 45-60 minutes or until tender.

Assembly: 9. Once the potatoes are baked, cut a slit in the top and fluff the insides with a fork.

  1. Spoon the Shepherd’s Pie filling generously into each baked potato.
  2. Optional: Top with a dollop of mashed potatoes for extra creaminess.
  3. Serve the Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potato warm and enjoy the delicious fusion of flavors.

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