Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie

G’s Beef Shepherd’s Pie

The Basic Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground hamburger, fully cooked and drained
  • 1 – 2 8-0z cans tomato sauce
  • 4 – 8 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed or shredded
  • 1 can Veg-All, drained
  • 1 can corn (or other favorite vegetable), drained
  • Prepared Mashed Potatoes, for 4
  • Shredded Cheese (optional)
  • Garlic and seasonings, to taste
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The blog-a-dinner-a-day run continues!  My brother originally brought home is easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe and the whole family fell in love.  The key here is the creamy flavor achieved when the cheese melts into the tomato sauce and mixes with the hamburger.

Plus, it’s a super quick recipe because everything is already cooked.  We’re just popping it into the oven to get the cheese melted.

The Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.  Brown hamburger and drain excess grease.  Remember to season meat as it cooks.  Pour hamburger into a 9×13 pan.

Top with drained can of corn and at least one can of tomato sauce.

Layer Velveeta cheese over meat and veggies.

Top with mashed potatoes.  It can be difficult to spread mashed potatoes across the top of the cheese, so it may not be pretty.  Don’t worry, it’ll still taste great.

Bake for 30 -35 minutes.  Optional: Pull out pan and top with shredded cheese; bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Let sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.  Resting the dish helps prevent it from being “runny.”

Variations and Tips

  • The recipe above is for 4.  Halve everything, except sauce, and prepare in a 8×4 pan for two large servings.  We still recommend using 1 whole can of tomato sauce.
  • The more veggies you add, the more tomato sauce you will need. We like to add smaller cans of drained peas and carrots…you can add any veggies you like.
  • Low on tomato sauce? Use 1 can of tomato sauce and 1 can of diced tomatoes (not drained).
  • Vegetarian? Make this with just veggies, sauce, and cheese.  Or try Boca Ground Crumbles or Morningstar Farms Recipe Crumbles for a meaty substitute.  (Note: I have not tried either brand’s crumbles.  I have it on good authority that both work well in recipes.)
  • Going Low-Carb? Instead of potatoes, top with 2 12-ounce packages of frozen winter winter squash puree (prepared, of course) or a cauliflower mash (I like this easy recipe at Cooks.com).  Can’t give up the taters? Try Hungry Girl’s Miracle Mashies (a cauliflower and potato mash).  These are all yummy ways of sneaking in an extra veggie, too!
  • No Velveeta? Try American cheese slices (the ones made with milk, not oil). They melt just like Velveeta. 1 slice = 1 ounce, so you’ll need to lay about 4 slices on top of your veggies and meat.

Got your own Shepherd’s Pie Recipe? Tell me about it!

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