Sultry Sirloin Gratin (Kids: Shepherd's Pie)
Savour the flavour of lean beef sirloin in this easy bistro classic. Date Night Dining Plan: Make ahead and portion out into 4 to 5 individual baking dishes - use custard cups for the kids so it's Shepherd's Pie for them and for you it's a Sultry Sirloin for Two. Bake separately so kids eat first and you eat later enjoying adult-only dining.

Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped
1 lb (500 g) lean ground beef sirloin
1/4 tsp (1 ml) dried thyme Pepper
1/4 cup (50 ml) Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) tomato paste
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) all-purpose flour
2 cups (500 ml) frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup (250 ml) low-sodium beef stock
Mashed potatoes
1/2 cup (125 ml) EACH shredded aged and mild Cheddar cheese

Directions:
1. Cook onion, beef, thyme and pepper (to taste) in 12-inch (30 cm) skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until beef is browned and onion is softened, about 10 minutes.

2. Reduce heat to medium; stir in Worcestershire Sauce, tomato paste and flour. Stir in vegetables and stock; simmer until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Divide into portions, spooning into 2 custard cups for kids and 2 ramekins or small gratin dish for adults.

3. Savoury Sirloin Gratin: Gradually stir half of aged Cheddar into half mashed potatoes; spread evenly over beef mixture. Top each with remaining aged cheddar; bake in 350F (180C) oven until lightly golden, about 25 minutes. Broil until topping is rich golden-brown, about 3 minutes if desired. Serve with mesclun mix salad greens dressed with your favourite vinaigrette dressing.

4. Shepherd's Pie for Kids: Gradually stir half of mild cheddar into half of buttermilk mashed potatoes; spread evenly over beef mixture. Top each with remaining mild cheddar; bake in 350F (180C) oven until lightly golden, about 25 minutes. Broil until topping is rich golden-brown, about 3 minutes, if desired. Serve with their favourite veggies and dip.

Makes 4 to 5 servings.

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