Monday, September 7, 2009

Shepherd's Pie

This version of Shepherd's Pie was just something I made up after reviewing a few recipes online and not being able to decide which one to try. So I took the basic ingredients and decided to make my own easy version.

Shepherd’s Pie

Recipe Source: Original Creation by Jenny

For the bottom of the pie:
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion (diced)
1 package of frozen mixed vegetables (corn, green beans, peas, and carrots)
2 packages of McCormick brown gravy mix

For the top of the pie:
5 lbs. potatoes (approximate)
butter/margarine (as desired)
milk (as desired)
cheddar cheese (for sprinkling on the top)

Bottom of the pie:
Fry up the pound of hamburger meat. Add onions. In a separate pot, follow directions on the package for the mixed vegetables. When these are done, combine them with the meat and onions. Follow the directions on the package for the gravy mix. When this is done, add it to the vegetable and meat mixture. Fill up the bottom of an oven-safe dish about half way.

Top of the pie:
Peel and chop potatoes into cubes for boiling. When they are tender, remove from heat, drain water, and put in a mixing bowl. Add a couple of pieces of butter and some milk (or whatever you choose to add when you make mashed potatoes). Whip all of these ingredients together with a mixer.

When your mashed potatoes are done, add them to the top of the meat and veggies. Spread it around evenly, then top with the desired amount of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown on top.

This is just a fun meal to make... and I love making one-dish meals. It's super easy and the ingredients don't cost much at all. I end up making 2 "pies" and often freeze the other pie. It takes at least an hour to reheat in the oven (at 350 degrees) but it tastes just like it did on the day it was originally made.

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