A perfect leftover recipe for the DO!!! Shepherd's Pie

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Oct 4, 2012
Bend Oregon
I made this with beef, because that is what I had for leftovers, one could certainly use chicken or turkey, just adjust the broth type accordingly. If planned right this can be made as a one pot meal and I have done this camping many times. Just remember to boil and drain your taters first. Then move forward with the rest of the cook. I was baking bread in the DO, so I used a CI pan instead for this cook.

Put whatever veggies you have into the mix. I had frozen corn, fresh carrots, celery, chopped onion, minces garlic, and not pictured frozen diced zucchini from our garden.

Boil the taters in seasoned water. We like our mashed taters skin on so we don't peel them. Why waste the best part!

Over medium heat saute the onion, carrot, and celery in olive or grape seed oil until they have softened. Make sure and season with salt and pepper.  Add the minced garlic and saute for a few more minutes.

De-glaze the pan with a good smokey porter or stout. I used about half the bottle for the pan and the other half I used for myself!

While all the other stuff is boiling and sauteing prep the meat for the pie. I prefer mine to be about 1/2"-3/4" cubes. I used the leftover beef from my "Where's the Beef" smoke.


Add the cubed beef and frozen veggies to the pot. You also want to add enough broth at this time to almost cover everything in the pot. I had left over Smokey Au Jus from the other night so I used that. You could use beef broth, or V-8, or Spicy V-8. If making chicken version use chicken broth. Let this all simmer together for 15-20 minutes or until the broth starts t thicken. If it is still to thin add corn starch (mixed in water) a tablespoon at a time and continue to simmer until you get the desired consistency. Once you get where you want, top with mashed taters. Drizzle or brush butter onto the taters and put the lid on the DO and set the coals for 400°-425° for 20-25 min. or until taters are golden brown. I used the oven since I wasn't doing the DO thing. If using the DO in the oven, don't cover.

To bad I didn't have any bacon fat to add to the mix!

There it is out of the oven ad ready for the plate.

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