Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's PieThis casserole is chock full of veggies, which I love!  Add mashed potatoes and ground beef and I’m a happy camper!  Speaking of…this would probably make a good campground meal, just make it in a cast iron skillet instead of a casserole dish.  You could top it with instant mashed potatoes or you can add yet another vegetable by making my Green Mashed Potatoes, as I have used in the picture.

There are a multitude of Shepherd’s Pie recipes online, but most of them involve some kind of tomato sauce or condiment and although I have nothing against either of those things, I wanted to create a basic, no frills meat and vegetable dish where most of the flavor comes from seasonings to compliment the meat.  I think I achieved it.  I am ashamed to say that once I tasted it, I froze the rest in single serving portions so I could indulge again and again. I usually share the meals I make, but this one is evil–it turned me into a selfish casserole hoarder.  Also, traditional Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb, so feel free to substitute it for the beef, if you prefer.

Don’t be surprised if you turn into a selfish casserole hoarder, too.   Proceed at your own risk…

Shepherd’s Pie
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (1 lb.)
  • 2 green onions, sliced (use the whole stalk)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder or garlic paste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 cups of your favorite mashed potatoes
  • You can use instant or try my Green Mashed Potatoes
Instructions
  1. Prepare the mashed potatoes according to directions. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, brown the meat and onions until the meat is no longer pink. Drain. Sprinkle with the garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the entire bag of frozen vegetables and warm through. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the grated cheese and stir to incorporate into the meat and vegetable mixture. Pour the meat mixture into an 11 x 7 glass baking dish.
  5. Top with the mashed potatoes, spreading to the edges with a rubber spatula.
  6. Dot the potatoes with butter and broil for about 5-7 minutes, or until the potatoes are a golden brown.
Notes
The prep time indicated is with using instant mashed potatoes. Plan for more time if you make homemade mashed potatoes.