I made this for the first time a few months ago. It is now one of our favorites and we make it frequently. I have looked at several recipes for shepherd's pie. This seemed to me the easiest and the tastiest.
Add worcestershire sauce and broth.
Sprinkle with flour. Mix well.
Add meat mixture to pan.
Spread mashed potatoes on top.
Yummy Shepherd's Pie
1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
1 onion chopped
1-2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 1/2 - 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones)
8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup beef broth
1 - 2 TBSP flour (optional)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 C warm milk
Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice
1/2 - 1 C shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
Peel and cube potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).
While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 of a stick) in large frying pan.
Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Drain meat if desired. Add salt and pepper. Add the vegetables. Add worcesterchire sauce. Add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist. At this point you may sprinkle this mixture with flour, if desired.
Mash potatoes in bowl with milk and remainder of butter, season to taste.
Place beef and vegetable mixture in baking dish. (At this point you may sprinkle meat mixture with cheese if desired. I sometimes so this. Most of the time I don't.) Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.
Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown potatoes.