Boil the potatoes until tender. Mash them using a ricer or masher. Mix butter, milk, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
Cut the sheets of pie crust into circles using a mold. Place the circles into a muffin tin and bake at 375°F for 8 minutes or until lightly golden.
In a skillet, cook the ground beef until browned. Season the beef with salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add diced carrots, corn, and peas. Cook for a few minutes until vegetables are slightly tender.
In the center of the skillet, add butter and flour. Mix together. Pour in broth and cook until the mixture thickens slightly, creating a savory gravy.
Scoop approximately 1 tbsp of the beef and vegetable mixture into each prebaked pie crust in the muffin tin. Top each with about 2 tbsp of the prepared mashed potatoes. You can use a spoon or a piping bag.
Bake the assembled pies at 375°F for about 25 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Allow the mini shepherd's pies to cool for a few minutes before carefully removing them from the muffin tin. Serve warm and enjoy!
- For a nice touch, use a piping bag to top the pies with mashed potatoes. It not only looks great but also ensures an even distribution of the delicious potato layer.
- For consistently shaped pie crusts, use a round cookie cutter or a glass with a wide rim to cut the circles. This ensures uniformity and a polished look when serving.
- Use the Muffin Tins in the Larder & Vine Bakeware Set for even baking and easy clean up.
Can I make these ahead of time?
Yes, you can assemble the mini shepherd's pies ahead of time and refrigerate them. Bake them when ready to serve for a quick and convenient meal.
Can I use a different type of meat for the filling?
Absolutely! While traditional shepherd's pie uses lamb, you can use beef, turkey, or a meat substitute based on your preferences.
Can I freeze leftover shepherd's pies?
Certainly! Freeze the cooled pies in an airtight container. When you're ready to enjoy them, thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in the oven for a delicious meal.