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Shepherd's Pie from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Shepherd’s pie is one of those delicious comfort foods that tastes like home whether your parents made it for you as a kid or not. With savory beef, peas, corn and carrots in a rich gravy on the bottom and mashed potatoes on the top, it’s the quintessential casserole that appeals to everyone in the family because it doesn’t lean too far in any one direction. It’s comforting and warming without being too heavy, so it’s perfect for this transition to spring.

Shepherd's Pie from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach
 

Traditional British versions of Shepherd’s pie use lamb. Here, we’ve used ground beef, but you can use either as both versions taste great! Feel free to serve it with garlic bread, but it’s not necessary since you can use the potatoes to scoop up all the yummy gravy. Save time by chopping your carrots and onion with a food processor and use your hand mixer to whip up perfect mashed potatoes. You can even assemble the pie ahead of time and stick it in the oven a half hour before dinnertime.

Shepherd's Pie from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

 

 

 


Shepherd's Pie
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound lean ground beef
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 can (15 oz.) beef broth
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
Instructions
Cook potatoes in water in a medium saucepot over high heat until fork tender; drain water and return potatoes to saucepot. Add sour cream, butter, milk and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Beat with a hand mixer until mixture is smooth and well blended. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add beef. Stir and cook 4 minutes. Add carrots, onion and garlic; cook an additional 4 minutes or until onions are clear.
Stir in flour, salt, thyme and black pepper; stirring for 1 minute until flour is blended with beef mixture. Gradually stir in broth and Worcestershire sauce, cooking 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Stir in corn and peas.
Pour mixture into prepared dish. Carefully, spread mashed potatoes over the meat mixture.
Bake 25 minutes or until mixture potatoes start to brown and mixture is bubbling along the sides of the dish.
Notes
Substitute leftover mashed potatoes if you have them, and bake 5 minutes longer.
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Carrot Cake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Carrot cake is simply delectable, and since it’s made with two cups of shredded carrots, it’s healthy, right? We can’t be the only ones who try to rationalize our second piece that way. The crushed pineapple adds an extra layer of sweetness and a soft texture to the crunch of the pecans. The tartness of the cream cheese frosting brings it all together, making one sweet, crunchy, moist delicious cake.

Carrot Cake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach
 
 
Carrot Cake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach
 

 


Carrot Cake
SERVES: 16

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped pecans
1 can (8oz.) crushed pineapple in own juice, undrained
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottoms of two 9-inch baking pans with parchment paper.
Add all ingredients to a large mixer bowl; beat on low 2 minutes until blended. Increase speed to medium; beat 4 minutes.
Pour mixture evenly between prepared pans.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on wire racks.
Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
Place one cake layer on cake plate; spread top of layer with 1/2 cup Cream Cheese Frosting. Top with remaining layer; frost side of top of cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons milk
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, vanilla, milk and salt until creamy.
Begin adding powdered sugar and beat until creamy and smooth. Add more milk if the mixture is too thick.
Spread onto cupcakes or cake.
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Carrot Cake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach