Campbell’s is an America based company, which is very popular for its range of food products and juices. The company was founded by Joseph A. Campbell in 1869 and since then it has continued to serve people with its supreme quality products. The company now sells its products in 120 countries.
Campbell’s products are divided into three categories and these are manufactured with a view to ease out the everyday cooking hassles. Campbell’s also provides several recipes with the usage of its own products to improve the cooking and eating experience of people. So, if you love Campbell’s products, make sure that you try this wonderful shepherd’s pie recipe. This is one of the classic Campbell’s recipes that is a must try.
Difficulty level: Easy
Servings per recipe: 4
Time needed for preparation: 20 minutes
Total time needed for cooking: 35 minutes
1 lb. of ground beef
2 teaspoons of ketchup
1 medium sized yellow onion, peeled and chopped
2 cups + ½ cup of milk (at room temperature)
2 cups of mashed potato flakes (instant)
1 cup of chopped carrots
4-5 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 can of Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup (condensed)
½ stick of unsalted butter
A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 cup of frozen peas, thawed
1 9-inch round pie plate
1 chopping board
1 stirring spoon
1 wire whisk
Method of Cooking
1. Remove the grounded beef from your refrigerator to allow it to thaw at room temperature for a few minutes. Make sure that you let it sit over your counter for at least 40-50 minutes so that it can thaw completely. Remove the peas from the refrigerator to thaw them as well. While the grounded beef is sitting on your counter, take the packet of potato flakes and dump them into a bowl. Set aside the bowl for later use. Then take some carrots and rinse them thoroughly under slow running water.
2. Rub the carrots with your hands to take out all the dirt and impurities from them. Once done, pat dry the carrots with some paper towels and then place them over your chopping board. Now take a sharp knife and cut off the tips and ends of all the carrots. Once done, chop the carrots finely so that you get 1 cup worth of chopped carrots.
Next, take a medium sized onion and peel off its skin. Discard the tip and basal plate of the onion and then chop it pretty finely. Once done, set a temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit on your oven to preheat it. Once done, take a deep skillet and place it on the hob.
3. Grease the skillet with 2-3 tablespoons of cooking oil and then wait until you start noticing ripples forming in the oil. Once that happens, take the chopped onions and dump them into the skillet. Sauté the onions for a few minutes or until they turn slightly golden brown in color. Once that happens, dump the grounded beef over the onions. Break the lumps of grounded meat by stirring them with one of the corners of the stirring spoon and then cook the mixture until the beef turns into a dark brown color and discharges its pinkish color.
4. Once that happens, add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to the grounded beef mixture while cooking it and then stop cooking it once it turns into a dark brown color. Once done, tilt the skillet slowly to drain away the excess fat from it and then set it aside. After that, take another skillet and set it on the hob.
Set the flame on medium high below the skillet. Oil the skillet lightly with 1-2 tablespoons of cooking oil and then swirl it to spread the oil in it. Let the oil heat up a little and then tip the chopped carrots and the peas into it. Stir fry the carrots and the peas for a few seconds and then add the ketchup and the soup to them.
5. Stir to combine the soup and the ketchup with the vegetables and then season it with a pinch of salt and ground black pepper. Once done, add the grounded beef and onion mixture to the vegetables and then stir to combine all the things nicely. Now get hold of a saucepan and place it over the stove. Maintain the flame on medium low below the saucepan and then drop the butter into it. Stir the butter with a wire whisk until it melts and then pour the milk slowly over it.
6. Stir the mixture constantly while pouring the milk. Combine the milk completely with the butter and then let the mixture simmer over medium high flame for 1-2 minutes or until slightly thick. Once that happens, pour the milk mixture over the mashed potato flakes and then stir vigorously to combine. Once you get a nicely combined mixture, take a pie pan and transfer the beef and vegetable mixture into it. Spread the mixture evenly all over the pan with the help of a spoon and then spoon out the potato mixture over that.
7. Spread the potato mixture nicely over the layer of meat mixture and then use a spoon to make some peak like decorations over it. For that, press the potato layer lightly with the back of your spoon and then swiftly pick it up. Repeat the process a few more times to create more decorations over the layer of potato.
Once you are ready with the decoration, pop the pie pan into the preheated oven and bake the pie for 15-25 minutes or until the tips of the peak like decorations are lightly browned. Once done, remove the pie from the oven and then place it over a wire rack to cool it down. Once cooled enough to handle, dig in the pie with a spoon and serve immediately.