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Playing Ground Beef and Burgundy Shepherd’s Pie


  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds potatoes or a combination of potatoes, parsnips and celery root for a richer flavor in your mash, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 pounds ground sirloin
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 pound button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups red burgundy wine
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 to 2/3 whole milk or half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 1 rounded tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg, beaten


Serves: 4


Boil potatoes with root vegetables, if using, until tender.

While potatoes cook, heat EVOO in a Dutch oven or large skillet with high sides over medium-high heat. Add bacon and crisp 2-3 minutes then add beef and brown well. Add shallots, carrot, mushrooms, bay and thyme to the pan. Cook vegetables 7-8 minutes to soften, then season with salt and pepper. Add wine to the pan and scrape up drippings, let reduce 1-2 minutes, then add in stock and Worcestershire sauce.

In a small pan, melt 2 tablespoons butter and combine with flour, whisk 1 minute then pour the roux into beef mixture. Stir to combine and thicken.

Preheat broiler with rack in center of the oven.

Drain cooked potatoes and/or root vegetables and return them to the hot pot. Mash with remaining 2 tablespoons butter, milk or half-and-half, herbs, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. When you have reached your desired consistency, stir in the egg.

Scoop the meat into a casserole dish or individual casseroles set on a baking sheet. Top the meat with potatoes. Place under broiler, until brown.