4 large or 6 medium potatoes
1 Tbsp. butter
1/2 cup low fat milk
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled & sliced
1/2 medium head cauliflower, finely chopped
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen corn kernels
2 Tbsp. minced fresh parsley
1 Tbsp. minced fresh dill
Seasoned salt & fresh ground pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly oil a shallow, round 2 quart casserole or 9 x 13 baking pan.
Place the potatoes in a saucepan w/ enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer, then cover & simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain & transfer to a small mixing bowl.
Stir the butter into the potatoes until melted, then add the milk & mash until fluffy.
While the potatoes are cooking, heat the oil in a skillet. Add the onion & carrots & saute over medium heat until the onion is golden. Add the cauliflower & 1/4 cup water. Cover & cook until the cauliflower is just about tender, about 5 minutes.
Add the peas, corn, parsley & dill. Cook until the mixture is well heated through, then stir in 1/2 cup of the mashed potatoes. Season with seasoned salt & pepper.
Pour the vegetable mixture into the prepared pan & pat in evenly. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top & pat down lightly.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the potatoes begin to turn golden and slightly crusty. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Dylan's rating: 10
My rating: 8
Dylan loved this, but I knew he would. He loves potatoes. I like this too. It's a real comfort food. I just felt that it was lacking some exciting flavor.
I have to admit that when I put the vegetables in the baking dish, I was worried about all the cauliflower & how my family would react to it. I got all worried that the dish would be nasty & would go to waste, so I whipped up a white sauce & mixed it in w/ the vegetables. Then I felt guilty for adding some fattiness to the dish. It did make the casserole bubble over a little & because I didn't want a mess in the oven, I pulled it out before it got nice & golden on top. The cauliflower became completely soft & you'd never even know it was in there. It was good.
I've never made a Shepherd's pie w/ meat. I just thought my family would like it. Anybody out there have a really good Shepherd's pie recipe that you can share with me?