Main Dish

Shepherd’s Pie with Truffled Mashed Potatoes

Pezzi King Vineyards

Pezzi King Vineyards 412 Hudson Street Healdsburg Ca 95448
Healdsburg, CA 95448

  • RECIPE YEAR: 2017
  • RECIPE BY: Donna Parsons
  • YIELD: Serves 6
  • PAIRS WELL WITH: Century Vine

This gourmet shepherd's pie is the classic comfort dish and with a glass of Zinfandel, will warm both body and soul on a blustery autumn day.

  • 3 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons truffle oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups mixed vegetables (diced carrots, corn and/or peas) (optional)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground round beef
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup Pezzi King Zinfandel
  • 1/4 cup beef broth, plus more as needed


Place the potatoes in a medium pot, add cold water to cover by at least 1 inch and stir in 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes, transfer to a bowl and mash until smooth. Add 4 tablespoons of the butter, the sour cream and truffle oil and stir until combined. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 10 minutes. If you are including mixed vegetables, add them according to their cooking time: Carrots should be cooked with the onion; corn and peas should be added when the onion is almost done or after the meat starts to cook.

Add the ground beef to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, wine and broth and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook uncovered for 10 minutes, adding more broth if needed to keep the meat from drying out.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Transfer the beef and onion mixture to an 8-by-13-inch baking dish and spread evenly. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top. Rough up the surface of the potatoes with a fork so there are peaks that will get well browned. You can use the fork to make creative designs in the potatoes, if you like.

Bake until browned and bubbling, about 30 minutes. If necessary, broil for the last few minutes to help the surface of the mashed potatoes brown.

Pezzi King Vineyards

Pezzi King Vineyards 412 Hudson Street Healdsburg Ca 95448
Healdsburg, CA 95448