This recipe definitely has potential. I love the shredded potatoes on top instead of mashed and the flavor was good all around. I didn't know what was meant by "sugar syrup" but I commonly put a dash of sugar in my homemade sauce, so I just used a little table sugar. I prefer to drain the fat off the beef instead of cooking it with the rest of the ingredients, so I browned and drained the beef, stirred in everything else and then transferred it to a casserole dish. The top of the potatoes didn't get browned and crispy with the non-stick cooking spray, so for the last 5 minutes I brushed a little melted butter on top and I'll do that again next time. :) Thanks for sharing, Messiejessie! Made & enjoyed for Pick-A-Chef Spring 2011. You've been adopted! :) http://www.food.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=352458&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
I don't know if I can give this a fair rating because I didn't follow it exactly. I used taco seasoning instead of italian, used fresh chopped up carrots, and I made a few more changes. It was a good base. I didn't add any sugar to my tomato sauce because it wasn't too acidic and didn't need it. Thanks for a good base recipe to add to!