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Shepards Pie

Comfort food!

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Before I started dating my fabulous husband I had no idea what Shepards Pie was.  

His mother would bake him a roasting pan full for his birthday.  Back in his bachelor days he was greatful for a home cooked meal and was happy to eat it for a week.

Now I make it almost monthly for him.  Over the years I have made my own additions to the recipe to make it “mine”.   

Although it is a comfort food and is fantastic on those chilly days, my favorite time to make it is in the summer with fresh green beans from the garden.

This recipe is very versatile.  If you don’t like green beans substitute with a different vegetable.  

I have also enjoyed this recipe with thinly sliced tomatoes and cheddar cheese on top.   It is tasty but that makes it a bit “heavier”.

I prefer to use fresh green beans but frozen work nicely too.  I avoid canned green beans altogether.  They are too soft and I like the al dente crunch from the fresh or frozen better.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

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For the Shepards Pie Filling you will need 1 pound of ground beef, 2 cups chopped mushrooms, 1 cup chopped onion 3 tablespoons of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon each, salt and pepper.
For the Shepards Pie Filling you will need 1 pound of ground beef, 2 cups chopped mushrooms, 1 cup chopped onion 3 tablespoons of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon each, salt and pepper.
Sauté the ground beef, mushrooms, onions, garlic, salt and pepper until browned. Drain fat.
Sauté the ground beef, mushrooms, onions, garlic, salt and pepper until browned. Drain fat and layer it in the bottom of a lightly greased casserole dish.

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Next, cut 12 ounces of fresh green beans into approximately 1" pieces.
Next, cut 12 ounces of fresh green beans into approximately 1″ pieces.
Layer the green beans on the beef mixture
Layer the green beans on the beef mixture
Pour 1 cup of your favorite gravy evenly over green bean and beef mixture.
Pour 1 cup of your favorite gravy evenly over green bean and beef mixture.
Spread mashed potatoes in a 2" thick layer over the entire top of the pie.
Spread mashed potatoes in a 2″ thick layer over the entire top of the pie.
I usually make my own mashed potatoes but I discovered these pre made mashers at Costco and they are really yummy! ( I am not endorsing just giving a shout out to how yummy they are)
I usually make my own mashed potatoes but I discovered these pre made mashers at Costco and they are really yummy! ( I am not endorsing just giving a shout out to how yummy they are)
Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes I'd you like al dente green beans or 44-45 for a softer bean.
Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes I’d you like al dente green beans or 40-45 for a softer bean.
Shepards Pie. Serve with garlic toast. Mmmm now that's good!
Shepards Pie. Serve with garlic toast. Mmmm now that’s good!

 

Shepherds Pie

Ingredients

    For the Pie
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 Cups chopped white button mushrooms
  • 1 Cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 ounces (about 2 Cups) fresh green beans (may substitute for frozen or canned)
  • 1 Cup brown gravy
  • 32 ounces of mashed potatoes (about 6-7 cups)
  • For mashed potatoes from scratch you will need
  • 5-6 medium russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup hot cream or milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

    For the Pie
  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Lightly grease casserole dish.
  • Sauté the ground beef, mushrooms, onions, garlic and salt and pepper until meat is browned. Drain excess fat.
  • Add meat mixture to the casserole dish.
  • Chop green beans into approximately 1" pieces and layer on top of the meat mixture.
  • Make 1 cup of your favorite brown gravy and pour evenly over bean and meat layers.
  • Spread about 2 Cups of mashed potatoes evenly to cover pie mixture.
  • Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes for al dente green beans or 40-45 minutes for softer green beans.
  • For the mashed potatoes
  • Peel and cube the potatoes.
  • Add to boiling water and cook about 15 minutes until soft.
  • Drain potatoes and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add butter,cream or milk, salt, garlic powder and black pepper.
  • Mash with potato masher or use beaters to blend until smooth

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