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Easy Shepherd’s Pie

In dinner, ridiculously easy on April 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Shepherd's pie

I shared this blog concept with my colleague Kate, and she immediately suggested this homestyle dinner that uses just a handful of ingredients, is super-easy to prepare, and is super-delicious. I made this last night, and couldn’t stop stuffing my face.

Tools

  • Baking dish or disposable foil pan (8×8 is ideal)
  • Microwave
  • Pan/skillet
  • Spoon/spatula
  • Oven

Ingredients

  • One bag of frozen veggies (Recommended: Steamfresh – green beans, carrots & peas)
  • One 16 oz jar of beef-flavored gravy
  • One tub of pre-made mashed potatoes (Recommended: Bob Evans or similar brand – you can usually find these near the hot dogs)  * Note: if you have leftover mashed potatoes, you can use those instead!
  • One pound of ground beef
  • Pam or olive oil spray
  • Salt and pepper  * optional
  • Shredded cheese   * optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the frozen vegetables in the microwave following the directions on the bag. (If you don’t have access to a microwave, follow the instructions for stovetop preparation.) Drain the liquid and set aside.

Cook the ground beef in a skillet until browned. Drain the fat (NOT down the sink!), drop the heat to low, and add the cooked vegetables to the ground beef in the skillet. Stir, add salt and pepper to taste (optional), add the jar of gravy, and stir again.

Lightly spray the baking dish with Pam or olive oil spray. Pour in the meat, vegetable and gravy mixture. Press down gently with a spoon to flatten.

Open the mashed potatoes and mix with a spoon. Add heaping drops of potatoes on top of the meat mixture in the baking dish, and flatten as you work around the pan. Put the dish into the oven and bake until the potatoes are lightly golden on top. This could take between 20 – 40 minutes. When I tried out this recipe last night, it took a full 40 minutes for it to finish baking.

Pull the dish out of the oven and let it rest for about five minutes. If you want to add cheese, sprinkle the shredded cheese on top – it will melt as it rests.