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The quotes around the title is because traditionally, Shepherd's Pie is made with lamb. I really don't like lamb. This recipe only uses one pound of ground beef, but you can use more. This was developed from lack of funds and necessity. I am sure that others do it similar, but I am not finding it this way on this site, so I am posting it here. Feel free to use instant mashed potatoes! I prefer Potato Buds, but the newer flavored types are pretty yummy also.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 russet potatoes, cubed
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt (or more)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 1 cup frozen cut green beans
- 1 1⁄2 cups beef gravy, prepared
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika, for sprinkling
- 1⁄2 cup cheddar cheese, grated (optional)
- Please note: you do not need to make your own mashed potatoes! Yes, the flavor is better, but most people are in a rush at dinner and I use the Potato Buds all the time. Everyone still loves it.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Put potatoes to boil in heavily salted water. Cover slightly and simmer over medium or medium low heat for 20 minutes, or until done. It may take more or less time depending on the cube size and type of potato as russet are not necessary. I just prefer the texture for this.
- Brown ground beef in 10 or 12 inch oven proof skillet. Cast iron is preferred.
- Drain ground beef and put aside. Add the onion and cook until onion is translucent.
- If you are substituting fresh garlic for the powdered, add it now and cook until fragrant. I really prefer the powdered for this recipe. Add the powdered at this time. Turn off heat.
- Make the mashed potatoes: If using homemade, drain cooked potatoes and let steam off for a bit. Put back in pan and mash with butter, salt and pepper. Add milk until creamy. Because of the oven time, the potatoes should not be stiff. Add more milk if necessary.
- Put ground beef in skillet with the onions. Mix in the vegetables and pour gravy over all. Top with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika if desired.
- Bake at 375 for 25 minutes until bubbly and potatoes slightly brown.
- If using, sprinkle with cheese and heat until melted. Let sit for 10 minutes or so and serve. The sitting time will help firm things up a bit to make serving a bit easier.