This 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…
- 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
- Prepare the mashed potatoes according to directions. Set aside.
- 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.
- Add the entire bag of frozen vegetables and warm through. Remove from heat.
- 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.
- Top with the mashed potatoes, spreading to the edges with a rubber spatula.
- Dot the potatoes with butter and broil for about 5-7 minutes, or until the potatoes are a golden brown.