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Individual Shepherd’s Pies


Shepherd’s Pie makes a hearty and satisfying meal, and hardly needs any adjustments for the week of Passover. Upgrade this classic for your holiday table! Served in individual ramekins, these mini shepherd’s pies are – dare we say – elegant.


Prepare the Meat Layer

1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add the diced onion, olive oil, and a generous sprinkle of salt. Cook until translucent. Add the carrot and parsnip and cook until limp, stirring periodically so that nothing sticks to the pan.
3. Crumble the ground beef into the vegetable mixture, a few pieces at a time. When one batch is browned, add the next, and continue until all the meat has been browned. Lower the heat and cook two – three more minutes.

Prepare the Potatoes

1. Peel the potatoes, cut into chunks, place in a pot and cover with water. Boil until tender but not falling apart.
2. Mash the potatoes and add salt to taste. Beat the egg and mix it through the potatoes until creamy.

Assemble and Bake

1. Spoon the meat mixture into eight ramekins. Fill approximately halfway. Cover with mashed potatoes and smooth the top with the back of the spoon.
2. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius) for 20–25 minutes. Raise the temperature to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (230 degrees Celsius) — or broil. Drizzle the top of the pies with a small amount of oil, and bake until crispy and golden, about 10 minutes more.
3. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.


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