Shepherd’s Pie Baked Potatoes

Flavorful and filling, this is a perfect hearty meal for a cold winter’s night. Serve with a simple green salad to round out the meal. This is a “Family Fast recipe,” which means that it comes together in just around 30 minutes, so you can have it on the table fast!

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4 medium organic russet potatoes
1 tablespoon Natural Grocers Brand Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium organic onion
3 medium stalks organic celery, cut into ¼-inch slices
1 pound ground grass-fed lamb, (or sub ground grass-fed beef or bison)
2 teaspoons cassava flour
1 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Organic Ground Thyme Leaf
3⁄4 teaspoon Natural Grocers Brand Bulk Real Salt
1 bag Natural Grocers Organic Frozen Mixed Vegetables
1 cup organic beef broth
1⁄4 cup organic cream cheese or dairy-free cream cheese substitute

1. Scrub the potatoes and pierce 4-5 times all over with a fork. Place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for 5 minutes. Use a potholder or tongs to carefully flip the potatoes and microwave for another 2-5 minutes, or until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork. Alternately, bake the prepared potatoes in a 425° F oven for about 45 minutes (this will make the recipe about 20 minutes longer).

2. While the potatoes are cooking, heat a large deep skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the olive oil, swirl the pan to coat, and add the onion and celery. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and soft, 8-10 minutes.

3. Add the lamb and use a fork to break it up. Cook, stirring frequently, until it is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Use a lid to cover all but a sliver of the skillet and carefully pour out the liquid from the pan into a heat-proof disposable container, such as an empty can. Alternatively, tip the skillet toward you and use a spoon to remove as much liquid as possible.

4. Return the skillet to the heat and add the cassava and seasonings; stir well. Add the mixed vegetables and the broth. Cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat to maintain a simmer, and cook, covered, for 4-5 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to simmer for another 4-5 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked through. Stir in the cream cheese until melted and evenly distributed. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

 

Beer Pairing

Recommended Beer Style: Ale

  • Pinkus Munster Alt