Here is a great recipe I found online for a Shepherd’s Pie inspired by the Cheesecake Factory recipe. I made mine in a cast iron skillet and was able to only use one pan instead of a pan and a casserole as the recipe suggests.
Another shortcut would be to purchase premade mashed potatoes at the grocery store. There are currently some brands, like Simply Potatoes, which are somewhat close to homemade mashed potatoes. It is a great time saver without many added chemicals and probably lower in calories and fat than the way most people will make mashed potatoes at home.
Lastly, I use ground turkey in all my ground meat recipes and it tastes just as yummy!
Shepherd’s Pie – Cheesecake Factory Copycat
- 2 Tbsp. oil, divided
- 12 oz. white mushrooms,sliced thinly
- 8 oz. red wine, divided
- 1/2 cup carrots, julienned
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb. ground meat (turkey, lamb or beef)
- 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, minced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. flour
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste
- 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup chicken or beef stock
- 2 medium zucchini,julienned
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 6 cups prepared mashed potatoes
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated
- Pre-heat oven to 400F. Butter a large casserole dish.
- Meanwhile in a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. oil over med-high heat.
- Add sliced mushrooms & sauté until soft.
- Add 2 oz. red wine to the hot pan, stirring and scraping the pan. Allow it to simmer for 5 minutes to reduce the liquid.
- Remove mushrooms and liquid from the pan and set aside.
- Wipe out the pan and add the remaining 1 tbsp. of oil, heat to medium.
- Sauté carrots until beginning to soften, then add onion and garlic.
- When onions are soft add ground meat and brown, breaking meat into large chunks.
- When meat is browned, season with salt, pepper and thyme.
- Add mushrooms and peas.
- Sprinkle mixture with flour and stir.
- Add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and remaining 6 oz. wine.
- Cook and stir mixture for several minutes. Add stock and simmer until sauce is thick and somewhat reduced.
- Remove from heat and stir in zucchini. Season to taste.
- Pour meat mixture into the prepared casserole.
- Spoon mashed potatoes over meat and spread and smooth the top. (At this point you can refrigerate or freeze the dish as desired.)
- Brush potatoes with a beaten egg and sprinkle with Parmesan.
- Bake casserole 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbling and potatoes are browned. NOTE: Cook time will be longer for a cold dish.