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This is my wife's version of the Portuguese empadão (shepherd's pie) and it's delicious.
Preparation time:
15 min
Cooking Time:
30 min
Ready In:
45 min
Level of Difficulty:

Portuguese Style Shepherd's Pie (Empadão) Recipe

Portuguese Style Shepherd's Pie (Empadão) Recipe

Posted in: Beef
Jan 24, 2016
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2 lbs ground beef10 medium potatoes (make mashed potatoes)1 onion chopped1 bell pepper chopped2 cloves garlic chopped2 tbsp tomato paste1 tbsp hot pimento paste1 tsp black pepper1 tbsp paprika 1 tsp mustard 1 tbsp salt3 tbsp olive oil1 cube chicken or beef knorr 60 ml red wine1 egg (for egg wash)

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  1. In medium heat, add the olive oil, onion, garlic, bell pepper to a medium pot and cook for a few minutes, than add tomato paste, hot pepper paste, mustard, knorr cube, paprika, black pepper, wine, salt and finally the ground beef, stir well and let it cook for 15 minutes or until cooked, and remove from heat.
  2. Preheat the oven at 350 fahrenheit, assuming you made mashed potatoes with the potatoes, in a medium baking pan, grease the pan with olive oil, add a layer of mashed potatoes, than a layer with all the cooked ground beef, than top it off with the remaining mash potatoes, brush the egg wash over the mashed potatoes, cook for 30 minutes, let it cool for a bit and serve.
Recipe Credit: Paula Costa
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