For dinner tonight I'm making a Shepherd's Pie. There are lots of great recipes out there so I won't bother sharing mine. However I did want to mention the Beef Broth. I make mine from scratch. It's deadly simple, way taster than store bought and healthier. I put no salt or fat in mine, making it a neutral addition to any recipe. I can always add more fat or salt when I use it later.
Makes 8 -12 cups
- 1-2 good size beef marrow bones
- 1 rib celery, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 onion, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 carrot cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- 2-3 springs thyme (or about 2 tsp dried)
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- a good dash no salt added steak spice or Montreal steak spice
- Cover everything with water, to about 1/2 inch from top of pot.
- Throw everything in a large soup pot.
- Bring to a boil
- Simmer 3-4 hours (or you can use your crock pot on high 5 -6 hours)
- Strain the liquid, toss out all the solids as they are tasteless now.
- Let cool, skip any fat off the top and freeze in 1 cup containers.
I'll be using some of mine tonight to make the gravy/sauce base for my Shepherd's Pie. I'll stir in some Worcestershire Sauce and a ketchup, about 1 tbsp each to add dimension to the flavour. That will also up the sodium content so it's good to have that broth base be neutral..