Bayko’s Shepherd’s Pie
I’ve been making this recipe for as long as I can remember. Back in the days of punk houses and Edward 40-hands. Maybe longer. It’s a dish that doesn’t have a ‘recipe’ because I make it from memory. It has starred in countless potlucks, has won apartment house cook-offs, and it’s a dish that I’m always confident will be a hit. The sound of the red wine deglazing the beef brings me right back to the first time I ever had this prepared for me. Many, many memories have been built from this simple combo of creamy potatoes, rich beef, and sweet corn. If you make it, I know it will become one of your favorite memories, too.
*This “recipe” is easy to follow, but it isn’t exact. Feel your way through it – tweaking and tasting as you go until you make it your own. This one is almost verbatim from an email I wrote to a friend in 2008. Reach out with questions and I’ll walk you through it!