I love Shepherd’s Pie, but I was looking for an easy way to recreate that flavor that could be made ahead and would travel well. These mason jar meals do the trick. Imagine my delight when I realized I could reheat the jars in water in my mini lunch crockpot…double score! It is handy to make a few at a time. They keep well in the fridge and I bet they can even be frozen ( need to test that and report back).
Layer 1: Sautéed ground meat.
You can season many ways. I do shallots and lemongrass or ginger scallion sauce, but be creative. It is great to use leftover meat. Double points if you do!
Layer 2: Cooked veggies.
You can use leftovers or you can sauté veggies or simmer them in bone broth til soft. I usually use carrots, green beans, shallots or leeks, but you can be creative.
Layer 3: Cauli or broccoli mash. You could use mashed sweet potatoes as a variation.
Assemble: Just add the layers to your jar and screw on the lid.