White Cheddar Shepherd's Pie

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Coming in hot today with a White Cheddar Shepherds Pie to rock your world!! This recipe is one of Thomas' favorites and it's a wonder it hasn't made an appearance on WGC until now...

Who doesn't love a good shepherds pie? This classic British dish is usually made with ground lamb or beef, but it can be adapted to use whatever meat you have on hand. Today, we're making a white cheddar version that is perfect for the holidays. Enjoy!

White Cheddar Shepherds Pie from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Thomas and I met back in the college days. It's actually quite a funny story if you've never read it - I basically manifested it before I even got to college. Anyways, we both played on the tennis team and Thomas' coach frequently had both teams over to his house for a Shepherds Pie evening! It was the highlight of Thomas' month and he always begged me to replicate once we moved to Los Angeles.

After months and months of trials, I'm happy to report This White Cheddar Shepherds Pie is actual perfection! The base is the traditional ground beef mixture and then it's topped with a cheesy white cheddar mashed potato situation that is incredible. The combo of everything together is fantastic. I'm obsessed. Thomas is obsessed. Poppy is obsessed. You'll see us eating this for the rest of these colder months!

White Cheddar Shepherd's Pie from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)
White Cheddar Shepherd's Pie from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

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White Cheddar Shepherd's Pie from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

White Cheddar Shepherd's Pie

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.8 from 17 votes
This incredible White Cheddar Shepherd's Pie will be your favorite bake for colder weather months! Ground beef mixed with white cheddar is actual perfection.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine English
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

Potato Topping

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes peeled and quartered
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup white cheddar shredded
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Chives (optional)

Meat Filling

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas

Instructions
 

  • Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook for 13 to 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Once fork tender, drain the potatoes, then return to the pot. Add the milk, butter, cheddar, salt and pepper and mash until creamy.
  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. In a large oven-safe baking dish, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, diced carrots, diced celery, and saute for 5-10 minutes. Add the garlic the last minute and saute until fragrant. Add the beef and cook for another 8 to 10 minutes, breaking up as needed, until the meat is browned.
  • Add the stock, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and pepper. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until the sauce is slightly thickened. Add the frozen peas and stir together. Remove from the heat and flatten the meat mixture into a single layer. Dollop the mashed potatoes on top of the meat and use a spoon to spread it flat to the edges, swooping the spoon to create some peaks and crevasses.
  • Bake the shepherd's pie until the top is barely golden, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly and serve.

Notes

  • Try any cheese you'd like in the potatoes - I just recommend one that has a strong or sharp flavor so it stands up to the other ingredients!
  • Add some red wine in place of some or all of the beef broth.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 976mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3096IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 3mg
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34 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Wow! This was incredible. Moist, easier than most and had the whole family taking seconds. Thank you so much Gaby!

  2. 5 stars
    Yum! I’ve made shepherd’s/cottage pie many times, but this is the first time with Gaby’s recipe. It’s easier than my usual recipe, and the results were delicious. And we have two more dinners and a lunch in the freezer to enjoy.

  3. Is it really safe to use the oval baker on a gas stove to cook the veggies and meat ? I’ve never done that before - only used it in the oven!

  4. 5 stars
    This was so good! I didn't have celery on hand, so I skipped it. And I had a frozen peas and carrot mix so that was another little shortcut. I added a little pinch of herbes de provence. Used TJ's unexpected cheddar in the potatoes. Man oh man this was sooooo tasty! Definitely going in the dinner rotation at our house. Thank you, Gaby!

  5. 5 stars
    I have for many years used my recipe from the Australian Women's weekly.
    I thought I would give this one a try as it was much simpler . Well this is my new go to as voted by the family.
    I substituted corn for the peas as per my son's taste .
    Absolutely delicious

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