This is absolutely the weirdest recipe I've ever encountered......I got this from my 1st ex-DH, actually from his Mom...I cannot justify it by normal means, but I have to tell you that it is requested by my family on a weekly basis...My ex-MIL was a very young cook when she married and had kids, and I think this was her attempt at some sort of a "Shepherd's Pie" (although upside-down), except that her husband was an insanely picky eater, so she came up with this out of necessity....which turned out to be a favorite of that family. So here it is...It really is quite tasty! It's a "keeper" in my household now. NOTE: I have added a few touches just to add some extra flavor, but the general idea is still there! (The original recipe consisted of ONLY 3 ingredients: green beans, mashed potatoes and ground beef. Period.)
- Brown the ground chuck and saute onions at the same time in a skillet. Drain well.
- Meanwhile, peel and roughly quarter 4-6 potatoes and boil for 20 minutes until fork tender. (I add 1 tablespoons salt to the water.) Drain, and then mash potatoes and add butter, milk, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.
- Also, cook the 2 cans of green beans (drained VERY WELL) in 1 tablespoons butter, over medium-low heat.
- In a 2 quart casserole dish, pour all green beans in the bottom and spread evenly. (Salt and pepper to taste.).
- Then spread prepared mashed potatoes on top, sprinkle with paprika and add the cheese.
- Then spread beef mixture on top.
- Bake, covered in a 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes, until heated through.