Brown the ground beef and drain the fat off. Add the herbs, onion, green pepper, and garlic, and cook until almost soft. Mix in the gravy and pour into your casserole.
Mix the bag of veggies (thawed) and the cream style corn. Pour over top of the meat mixture.
Mound the potatoes on top and smooth down. Bake in a 375 degree F oven until hot and bubbly, and the potatoes are lightly browned.
You may like to sprinkle grated cheese over top in the last 2 minutes in the oven.
By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH
What we call shepherd's pie, made with ground beef, is actually cottage pie. Shepherd's pie is made with lamb, ground or small chunks, thus the "shepherd". Either way, they are both great examples of good comfort food.
I have seen many, many recipes for shepherd's pie. But I think it is one of those dishes that, if you know the basics of how it is made, doesn't need a recipe. It is easiest to make when you plan a good meal to have leftovers. My favorite uses leftover roast beef, gravy, vegetables, and mashed potatoes.
To make it this way, make a nice roast beef your favorite way, with lots of good, rich gravy. Make extra mashed potatoes, and extra veggies; whatever veggies you think would be good in your pie.
The next day, mix the drained veggies, and the meat, cut into bite-size chunks, into the gravy, and whatever herbs you like. Heat it on the stove until it's nice and bubbly. Put all of it into your baking pan, or casserole.
The next step is the mashed potatoes. You can mix some shredded cheese into them. Cheddar is traditional cheese. Then spread the potatoes across your meat mixture, covering it all. This is easiest when you warm up the potatoes in the microwave.
Then put it in a 325 degree F oven until it is heated through and the potatoes are lightly browned; about 30 minutes. You can sprinkle cheese across it now, then put it back in the oven until it is melted.
This can be made exactly the same using leftover roasted lamb. If you don't have gravy with your lamb, you can use jars of chicken or beef gravy. Rosemary is a wonderful seasoning with lamb.
A more common recipe calls for browning ground beef or lamb with onions and maybe a little garlic. Then you add in frozen mixed vegetables and herbs. Top with mashed potatoes and cheese and bake.
The point is, make it to your taste! The basics are simple, meat and veggies in gravy, topped with mashed potatoes, and maybe some cheese. Use the meat you like, the herbs and veggies, and cheese you (and your family) like. It would even be good as a vegetarian dish, with veggies and herbs in your sauce of choice topped with mashed potatoes. Want another change of pace? Mash the potatoes with carrots, parsnips, or turnips mixed in.
Home cooking can be so creative. When you start straying from the recipe, or even making up you own dishes, you are expressing yourself and choosing the flavors and ingredients that appeal to your family. This is when the kids start talking about "my mom's/dad's recipe for...". If you are a beginning cook, try changing a recipe just a little. Maybe you will like it better with more garlic, or dill instead of basil, or with any change you happen to be thinking of.
Shepherd's/cottage pie can be a good place to start.
By Copasetic 1 from North Royalton, OH
Brown and crumble the ground beef well. Drain thoroughly. In a large bowl, combine beef and vegetables. Add water, gravy mix and onion soup mix and combine well. Pour everything into an 11x13 inch pan. Spoon mashed potatoes over the top, filling in all the gaps so it's covered completely.
Put in the oven and heat till bubbly. Approximately 5 minutes before it's done, bring it out and sprinkle the cheese and any other toppings on top, then return to the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt (watch carefully so as not to burn the cheese).
This has never failed to produce lots of compliments and requests for "More, please! More, please!"
This recipe can be easily adjusted for the number of people you are serving. For just my husband and I, I use 1/2 lb. ground beef, 1 small can vegetables (drained) and I use canned gravy mix and canned soup so that I can simply use 1/2 can gravy and 1/4 can soup. I make up 3 servings of potatoes and put it all in a 1 quart casserole dish.
An easy way to make it less fattening is to drain the ground beef onto layers of paper towels, and to use low or non-fat milk in the potatoes, and low-fat cheese.
|Servings:||8-10 (basic recipe--can be adjusted)|
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20-25 Minutes Cooking Time
By Cricket from Parkton, NC
Brown beef, onion, salt and pepper. Drain well. Put in greased 9x9 pan. Pour creamed corn over beef mixture. Add mashed potatoes - smooth on top of corn. Sprinkle grated cheese over potatoes. Bake @ 350 for 20 to 30 minutes. Serves 4-6. Left over freshly mashed potatoes.
By Robin from Washington, IA
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spray 1 1/2 qt baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Press cold potatoes onto bottom and up the sides of casserole dish. Bake for 20 minutes or till edge is golden.
Meanwhile, cook hamburger and drain. Add butter,hamburger,onions and cook about 5 minutes, or till tender. Stirring occasionally. Stir in ketchup and dried dill. Reduce heat to low. Add sour cream spoon mixture into center of mashed potato crust. Serve.
Mix onion and ground beef together and place in a roasting pan. Sprinkle corn over top evenly. Pour the broth over top. Cook mashed potatoes according to box directions, then evenly cover your corn.
Cover and bake in 300 degree F oven for 1 hour, then uncover and put some butter on top of the potatoes.
Bake uncovered for about 15 minutes with temperature at 400 degrees F to get a nice golden brown on your potatoes. Salt and pepper to taste.
By Jodi from Aurora, CO
By Robin from Washington, IA
* A fun "cheeseburger" variation is to use a can of condensed Cheddar cheese soup instead of cream of mushroom!
* This is easily doubled and baked in a 9x13 inch dish for larger families, and I've had good success freezing mine before baking the tots. Enjoy!
Source: This version is my own twist!
By Melody from El Dorado, AR
Start with tablespoon of oil, start cooking your onions and garlic, then add hamburger. Cook till meat is brown. Once meat is brown, add the can of mushroom soup.
Add meat to casserole dish, top with corn, sprinkle your cheese evenly across meat and corn. Then add your mashed potatoes and sprinkle it with more cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until it starts to bubble. Turn on to broil for about 10 minutes depending on your oven, just to get a little golden.
Enjoy! My hubby loved this. I needed a twist one night from our regular comfort food. I think this is a keeper in our house now!
By Denise from Bristol, Quebec
When I was a child (50 yrs ago), Mama made a sort of "Shepherd's Pie" that had ketchup, as some of the burger ingredients and mashed potatoes and peas for the topping. I've tried to duplicate it and always end up with a recipe that's not as simple as hers. I think she got the recipe from a can of peas. Any ideas? Thanks.
By GrannyGoff from Concord, NC
This is my wife Ingrid's recipe:
1 1/2 lb. lean meat (lamb or beef), cooked
1/2 oz. drippings or butter
2 medium onions, diced thinly
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. dried mustard
1 1/2 c. chicken stock
4 large potatoes, cooked and mashed
1/4 - 1/3 c. milk
1/4 c. chopped parsley (if lamb, use mint as well)
1/2 tsp. ground pepper
salt to taste
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 oz. butter
Brush casserole dish with melted butter or oil. Preheat oven to 375 to 415 degrees F (hot). Trim meat; cut into cubes or grind. Melt drippings or butter in a large pan. Add onions and cook until golden. Sprinkle in flour and mustard; gradually add stock. Stir until smooth. Bring gravy to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir together meat, parsley, mint (if lamb), pepper, salt and gravy. Remove from heat and spoon into dish.
Topping: Combine potatoes, milk, salt, and pepper. Mix until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly over meat. Rough up surface with a fork. Bake 40-45 minutes. Potato topping should be golden brown.
Does anyone have a shepherd's pie recipe?
Can't give you measurements on this but here is what I do. Fry hamburger. Drain. Add 1 large can of vegetable beef soup. My hubby requested sauteed onions & cooked carrots to add also. Place in baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle on cheese if you like. Bake @ 350 to desired heat & enjoy!
You can add whatever you want to the hamburger; onions, peppers, etc. while you brown the hamburger. Drain hamburger when done.
Put hamburger into a 10 or 12 in pie pan or small square pan whatever you have on hand,
Drain 2 can of corn or favorite vegetables (in cans), I have found corn seems to give this a really good taste. Using the regular soup size cans for your vegetables.
Empty drained corn over hamburger and spread around on top.
Then, if you have at least 2 cups potatoes left over from a meal. Or you can buy a box of potatoes, using the whole box. Use as much butter or salt while making the potatoes as suits your taste. (I have found the more butter and just enough salt make instant potatoes really good.)
Last thing to do spread potatoes over corn. Add a little butter and some pepper on top or cheese, whatever your little heart desires.
Do not cover you do not have to grease the pan either. Put into 350 degree F oven.
Bake for 30 minutes or the potatoes are golden brown.
Note: The nice thing about this recipe is the fact that you can put it together so quickly and you can put it together the night before also using anything but aluminum pans to keep in the frig. Take it out and bake.
If you do this it will take a little longer to bake. depending on how your oven heats. I would say at the least 15 min extra. You can make a salad or have rolls to add to the meal because every thing you need is right there in that pan. I love it! I hope anyone who tries this will like it just as much as I do. You can do just about anything you want for this recipe to make it your own. It's quick and easy and you usually have the items on hand.
Source: The source is my Mother in law, I have been making it for about 30 years.
By Darlene from Fairview, PA