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Shepherd's Pie

1 lb Beef round steak
1 lg Onion; finely chopped
1 Garlic clove; minced
2 ts Olive oil 1 1/4 c Beef broth, defatted; divide
1 cn Tomato sauce
2 md Carrots, peeled; thinly slic
2 Celery stalks; thinly sliced
2 c Fresh green bean pcs. (stem ends removed) - 2" long
2 lg Bay leaves
1 ts Dried thyme leaves
1/2 ts Dried marjoram leaves
1/4 ts Powdered mustard
1/4 ts Black pepper
1/4 ts Salt, or to taste; optional
ds Cayenne pepper

4 c Boiling potatoes, peeled - 1" cubes
1/4 c 1% milk (approximate)
1/3 c Nonfat yogurt
1 oz Sharp cheddar cheese, - reduced fat; grated
1 tb Margarine, non-diet tub-styl - canola or; corn oil
1/2 ts Salt, scant or to taste - optional
1/8 ts White pepper; generous

Preheat oven to 350 F.

FILLING: Trim off and discard all fat from meat. Cut into very thin 2-inch-long diagonal strips.

In spray-coated Dutch oven or other large oven-proof pot, brown meat over medium-high heat, about 6 or 7 minutes. Remove meat to medium-sized bowl and reserve.

In Dutch oven, combine onion, garlic, oil, and 3 Tbs broth. Cook over medium heat, stirring, 6 or 7 minutes or until onion is tender. If liquid begins to evaporate, add more broth.

Return meat to pot with onion and garlic.

Stir in tomato sauce and remaining broth. Stir in carrots, celery, and green beans. Add bay leaves, thyme, marjoram, mustard, pepper, salt, if desired, and cayenne. Stir to mix well. Bake, covered, 1 hour or until meat is tender.

TOPPING: Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine potatoes and enough water to cover. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower heat and simmer 15 to 17 minutes or until potatoes are very tender. Drain potatoes well in colander.

Return potatoes to pot in which they were cooked, and add remaining topping ingredients. Mash with potato masher. If mixture seems too stiff to spread, add a bit more milk.

Remove stew from oven and uncover. Drop potato topping by large spoonfuls onto bubbling mixture. Carefully spread out topping with back of large spoon, making attractive peaks.

Return to oven and bake, uncovered, 17 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are heated through and begin to brown.