Very good recipe, very much enjoyed by my family. I made it according to recipe, altho I had no cheesespread for the potatoes so I added some creamcheese instead and sprinkled it with parmesan and cayenne powder. (Oh, no leeks either, I used some celery instead, about 2 sticks, and pre-steamed the veggies before adding them to the meat mixture.)
Question: there is no stock or liquid in this recipe. I added as much water (I think stock is going to make it way too salty) as I felt needed to make a thick and juicy meat sauce. Should I have prepared the tomato soup powder as per the package, with water, before adding? the directions are not clear on this point. Anyway, it works out well adding water separately, but I'm pretty sure you do need to add the liquid.
Thank you, this was really good and a definite keeper, thanks for sharing.