The pros: Trader Joe's Beef Shepherd's Pie is an all in one meal that contains vegetables, meat and starch
The cons: Not a well done shepherd's pie and some of the soggiest mashed potatoes I've had. The mashed potatoes overwhelmed this dish as did the lack of flavor here.
The verdict: For $4.49 you get a "pie" that contains two servings. However, this is not a true shepherd's pie in most senses of the word. This is a beef stew topped with mashed potatoes (and not good ones at that either). The directions tell you there are two different ways of preparing this dish: microwave or oven. For once, I opted for the oven. My review is only discussing the results of how it came out using that method. If you tried it in the microwave I'd love to hear your thoughts. What came out of them oven was a thin layer of stew at the bottom of some of the most soggy mashed potatoes which is an unusual outcome for something prepared in an oven. The mashed potatoes needed salt but they did have large chunks of cracked pepper. So either your bite was plain or it bit you back with overwhelming pepper. The veggies at the bottom came out ok. They had texture and tasted fresh. The beef was just ok. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around why they chose to do a beef shepherd's pie instead of lamb. If you've been the freezer section Trader Joe's makes an excellent Lamb Vindaloo. I can't imagine lamb not coming out well in this application. My issue here is the ratio of potatoes to filling. If you look at the picture on the box, you would think you are getting lots of filling and some potatoes on top. Mine was the total opposite ratio as pictured. All being said, I'm only trying this once and I won't be repurchasing.
The box of Trader Joe's Beef Shepherd's Pie :
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
How Trader Joe's describes the product:
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
After being partially eaten to see the ratio problem presented in this dish:
Would I buy this again? No. There is so much room for improvement in Trader Joe's Beef Shepherd's Pie. It wasn't inedible, but there are items I enjoy far more than this. It was too much mash to everything else and it wasn't even good mashed potatoes at that.
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