Friday, March 8, 2013

Shepherd's Pie

   This is my version of a delicious home style meal that can be thrown together
with the ingredients you have already in your cupboards and freezer . Of course
you can substitute green beans for peas , frozen carrots for fresh,or canned peas and
carrots instead. Use whatever you have on hand. Just add the canned veggies
 towards the tail end with the corn.

For mashed potato topping;
Boil 4 large peeled and cubed  potatoes until tender .
Add 1 Tbs oil to large fry pan and saute over low heat for 5 mins;
2 peeled and chopped carrots
1 large chopped onion
1/2 chopped green pepper
 1 cup frozen peas
1 cup beef broth and simmer until liquid is cooked down
   a bit but not dry
Add 1 can drained whole kernel corn.
Pour this mixture into a 9x13 baking pan or
similar  size casserole dish and set aside.

Brown in frying pan ;
1+1/2 lbs of ground beef and drain off fat.
Stir in 1 can undiluted tomato soup,
1 tsp garlic powder,
1 tsp Italian seasonings
salt and pepper to your taste
Mix this together in the casserole with veggies .
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mash potatoes with butter,milk,salt and pepper and drop scoops
 of potatoes over top of the meat veggie mixture.Gently spread
to cover completely.
Sprinkle shredded cheddar, monterey jack or whatever cheese
 you might have on hand  over potatoes and cover dish with foil.
Bake at 350 for 45 mins. Uncover and bake for 15 mins to
 lightly brown potatoes a bit.
Remove from oven and let set 10 mins to allow potatoes to firm a little.

This makes 6 generous servings or 8 smaller.

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