Reverse Shepherd’s Pie

It’s opposite day! Not really.

Reverse Shepherd's Pie / Bev Cooks

Actually, this weird arctic nostril blast makes the weather feel like opposite day. But not like, opposite opposite. More like, not really accurate.

I’m not making sense.

Let’s talk about this flip flop shepherd’s pie! This was the thing. I wanted to EAT the shepherd’s pie, but I didn’t want go through all the flim flam to MAKE the shepherd’s pie, since I have two babies. Did you know I have two babies? I have two babies. So I reversed it! Just made the filling and piled it mile high on top of easy baked potatoes. Isn’t that wonderfully exciting?

So see? Opposite day! Kind of.

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I want to interject real quick and tell you guys what I am seriously looking at right now. It’s early in the morning, and Aaron is sitting across from me at our kitchen table, his laptop lighting up his face. But like, he’s making these hideously nerdy faces while hearing three beeps and flash! He’s taking photo booth-style pictures at his computer. What a DWEEBO. Hold on let me ask him about this. Hold on.

Okay he says it’s a photo booth program on his laptop and he’s sending sitcom-like stills to his friends because of some long video that went viral one night during the infomercials on Adult Swim. So he’s pretending to be a sitcom character and make the “oh golly jeepers you caught me!” face.


I love him.

Reverse Shepherd's Pie / Bev Cooks

So yeah. Reverse Shepherd’s Pie, man. So super easy and you still get all that amaze-maze flavor that you would the traditional way. ME LIKEY.

Please don’t tell anyone I just said that.

Reverse Shepherd's Pie / Bev Cooks

Opposite day! In a way.

Reverse Shepherd’s Pie:

What it took for 4:

* 4 baking potatoes
* 2 Tbs. olive oil
* 1 white onion, finely diced
* 2 carrots, diced
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 pound ground beef (I used 96% lean. Don’t kick me.)
* 3 Tbs. Worcestershire
* 2 – 3 Tbs. tomato paste
* 1 cup Guinness beer
* 1 Tbs. brown sugar
* 1/2 cup frozen corn
* 1/2 cup frozen peas
* salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400.

Fork the potatoes all over, and place them in the microwave. Heat for 5 minutes. Flip over and heat another 5 minutes. Then place them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Bake for 20 minutes. Maybe 25.

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high. Add the diced onions and carrots. Sweat them down a few minutes, until they start to get tender. Add the garlic and sauté another 30 seconds.

Add the beef to the pan and brown all over. Then add the Worcestershire and tomato paste. Press the paste into the beef to slightly caramelize. Mix well. Add the beer and brown sugar. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Taste it. Need anything? Naw? Okay. Add the frozen peas and corn and heat through.

Once the potatoes are baked, slice them down the middle and push the sides in to open. Fluff the potato insides a bit. Now spoon a bunch of the beef filling on top. More. Little more. Now we’re talking.

Garnish with anything you like! I used rosemary. Serve her up.

Reverse Shepherd's Pie / Bev Cooks

I’m going to start reversing all my food from now on.


23 Responses to Reverse Shepherd’s Pie

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl November 11, 2014 at 7:31 am #
    We're having Shepherd's Pie tonight! Wish it was reverse... dang girl.
  2. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons November 11, 2014 at 7:58 am #
    You're brilliant! Hello easiest shep pie evahhh!
  3. kelly @ livelovepasta November 11, 2014 at 8:40 am #
    it's ridiculous how into this I am.
  4. Sues November 11, 2014 at 9:10 am #
    This is pretty much the best idea EVER!!!
  5. Jesse November 11, 2014 at 10:13 am #
    Would it be acceptable to smother this in gravy? ...but I don't care if it's acceptable or not, I'm doing it!
  6. Jamie | Jamie's Recipes November 11, 2014 at 10:30 am #
    You are on to something here! Smother that baby in gravy and I'd be in heaven.
  7. Carmen November 11, 2014 at 10:52 am #
    So my husband made a group of 6 of our friends watch that segment of Adult Swim on Saturday night at a dinner party we hosted. Let me just say that it is 11 minutes long and it was clearly created by people on a lot of hallucinogens. He was dying laughing and the rest of us were like, "Ummmm, WTF?". At least your husband is keeping his weird contained. The recipe looks great too!
    • Bev Weidner November 11, 2014 at 11:33 am #
      Yes! hahaha. I watched the first 2 minutes with him, then sat down. But that song is still stuck in my head. It's awesome.
  8. dixya | food, pleasure, and health November 11, 2014 at 11:49 am #
    this is so creative!!!
  9. Sarah November 11, 2014 at 11:57 am #
    This is the most appetizing shepherds pie I've ever seen. Maybe if this was my introduction to the dish I would be more of a fan. Also, I'm totally on board with the smothering in gravy comments above.
  10. Averie @ Averie Cooks November 11, 2014 at 1:20 pm #
    What a great way to do Shepard's Pie, Bev! Totally you! Pinned :)
  11. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy November 11, 2014 at 1:43 pm #
    Amazing idea, especially since I love baked potatoes more than anything else in this world!
  12. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. November 11, 2014 at 6:04 pm #
    I love this! That's a brilliant idea. I love shepherd's pie, but can never be bothered to make it, too many steps!
  13. Jess November 11, 2014 at 8:10 pm #
    I don't even like ground beef, and this looks amazing! Looks like such a comforting meal :)
  14. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog November 12, 2014 at 8:21 am #
    This is so freakin' genius Bev! Love everything about this and how you 'flipped' it! I just last night made shepherds pie in a skillet because I was craving something comforting and the weather has dropped to 20 something here in WI (burrrrr) but it took forever and the whole time I was thinking 'gosh, I wish there was an easier way to do this' well, wish granted! Can't wait to use your recipe (would it be weird to have shepherds pie two days in a row? hmm...I think not!)
  15. Jackie {The Beeroness} November 12, 2014 at 11:39 am #
    You are amazing. And I'm in love with this.
  16. JuneMK November 12, 2014 at 7:46 pm #
    Made this tonight! Soooo good. I used sweet white potatoes instead. This is on the short list for dinners.
  17. Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen November 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm #
    This deserves a standing ovation. For realz.
  18. Lauren November 16, 2014 at 4:50 pm #
    what an awesome idea! i need to make this!


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