Cincinnati Shepherd's Pie

"from Woman's Day. The cinnamon is typical of Cincy chili."
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add zucchini and saute 12 minutes until lightly browned and tender crisp.
  • Remove from heat and place in bottom of 2 quart baking dish.
  • In same skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, 4 to 5 minutes until the,eat is no longer pink; drain off fat.
  • Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and spices.
  • Simmer 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pour meat mixture over zucchini and stir to combine.
  • Top with 6 mounds of mashed potatoes like dumplings and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly.

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  1. I used the yellow summer squash I had on hand instead of the zucchini. It turned out really great. It was easy to make and had a great flavor. I never used cinnamon in a meat dish before, so I was skeptical, but it gave it this great, interesting flavor. Loved it!


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