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Chef Paul’s Shepherd’s Pie

As you might guess from the name, this dish had its origins in sheep-raising regions of the world. We’ve adapted it from the humble lamb casserole it used to be and spiced it up with Magic Pepper Sauce and Meat Magic. It reheats well, which makes it perfect for covered-dish suppers.

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Servings

Makes 8 Servings

Ingredients

1½ pounds ground beef
½ pound ground pork
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ cup very fine dry bread crumbs
1 stick + 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, in all
¾ cup finely diced onions
¾ cup finely diced celery
½ cup finely diced green bell peppers
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon (or more when serving) Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Pepper Sauce®
2 tablespoons Chef Paul Prudhomme's Meat Magic® (or substitute
Chef Paul Prudhomme's Vegetable Magic® OR
Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasoning Salt® OR
Chef Paul Prudhomme's Pork & Veal Magic®)
¾ cup evaporated milk, in all
2 pounds white potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1½ cups julienne carrots
1 cup julienne onions
1 teaspoon Chef Paul Prudhomme's Vegetable Magic®
1½ cups julienne zucchini
1 cup julienne yellow squash

How To Prepare

Combine the beef and pork in an ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Mix in the eggs and bread crumbs by hand until thoroughly combined, and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 450°.

In a 1-quart saucepan combine 3 tablespoons of the butter, the onions, celery, bell peppers, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Magic Pepper Sauce®, and Magic Seasoning Blend®. Cook over high heat, stirring frequently and scraping the pan bottom well, for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool, and add to the meat mixture, along with ¼ cup of the milk. Mix well by hand and form into a 12 x 8-inch loaf and center in the pan (the meat loaf will not quite touch the sides of the pan). Bake until brown on top, about 30 minutes, and remove from the oven. Pour off the drippings, reserving 2 tablespoons plus 1½ teaspoons. Set the meat and reserved drippings aside.

Meanwhile, boil the potatoes until fork tender. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. Place the hot potatoes in a large mixing bowl with the remaining 1 stick butter, the remaining milk, the salt and pepper. Stir with a wooden spoon until broken up, then beat with a whisk (or electric mixer with a paddle) until creamy and velvety smooth. If the potatoes are not creamy enough, mix in a little of the reserved cooking water.

In a large skillet, preferably nonstick, combine the reserved drippings with the carrots, onions, and Magic Seasoning Blend®, and sauté over high heat, stirring frequently, for 1½ minutes. Add the zucchini and yellow squash, and continue cooking until the vegetables are noticeably brighter in color, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Raise the oven temperature to 525°.

Mound the undrained vegetables on top of the meat loaf, away from the edges. Layer all the mashed potatoes evenly over the top of the vegetables and top edges of the meat. Bake until brown on top, about 8 to 10 minutes, and serve immediately.

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