Tonight I wanted Shepard's pie for dinner. I really, really, REALLY wanted Shepard's pie. So I defrosted the lean beef, chopped up an onion, and got to work.
While browning the beef and sauteing the onions I realized we didn't have beef stock or gravy and so, at Chips recommendation, I tried to make a sauce out of beer and flour. We've done it before and it was super tasty!
Popped open a bottle of Newcastle and mixed it with whole wheat flour and was working on veggies when I realized it smelled a bit funny. I tasted it. It was not a happy taste. Yeasty and grainy. It was SO not a go.
I don't remember what beer we used the last time we did this and I think we used white flour instead of wheat but I was shocked that it turned out so badly. What a waste of food... but I guess every attempt in the kitchen can't be a total success.
After Matt made a quick run to the store for more beef and gravy and I got started from the top.
A pound of beef, a big ol' onion1.33 cups of corn, peas,and lima beans topped with mashed potatoes and cheese on top baked to a bubbly warm crisp.
Yum, yum! It was a hit all around the house!