When I found out that number one son not just eats this but loves it, I was surprised simply because of the vegetables since he's never been much of a veggie guy. He's always loved mashed potatoes, though, so it was a no-brainer that he'd try a serving in the first place. The crispy melted cheese on top makes the dish irresistable and definitely sealed the deal when it came to the original taste test. Score!
Mandy makes a very lean and healthy version of this recipe by draining and rinsing the browned hamburger meat. Yep, she's a keeper!
Here's her recipe:
Mandy's Shepherd's Pie
1 pound ground beef
1 cup water
2 beef bouillon cubes or 1 cup beef broth
3 Tablespoons garlic powder (or to taste)
ground black pepper to taste
about a palmful of parsley flakes (or use fresh)
2 to 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 can mixed vegetables (drain off about 2/3 of the liquid) or substitute frozen mixed vegetables, cooked
5 large potatoes, peeled and diced (use more or fewer as desired)
1/2 stick butter
milk as needed (for mashing the potatoes)
1 to 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 to 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Brown the ground beef, drain in a colander then rinse with hot water and pat dry with a paper towel to eliminate any grease. Return meat to pan. Over medium heat, add 1 cup of water and the bouillon cubes (or substitute the beef broth). Add garlic powder, black pepper, parsley flakes, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in the seasonings then add the mixed vegetables. Heat just to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes to reduce the liquid a bit.
In the meantime, cook the potatoes in a separate pan until done. Drain then mash with the butter and milk.
Layer the meat mixture, with liquid, on the bottom of an 8 x 10-inch casserole dish (or similar baking dish). Layer the hot mashed potatoes on top, then cover with the cheese.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until heated through and the cheese on top is melted and crispy.
- Note that measurements are approximate; adjust the ingredients to cater to your family's tastes and preferences.
- Recipe may be doubled.
What goes with shepherd's pie? Mandy serves hers with Red Lobster biscuits. I'd suggest a serving of homemade applesauce on the side. Delicious meal!
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