Jacob's Pie (A Different Spin on Shepherd's Pie)

"This is a hearty one-dish meal you can throw together in minutes. My family has been making it this way since I was a kid and we've always called it Jacob's Pie. Shepherd's Pie (I later learned), contains cooked tomatoes which is something we were never too crazy about as kids. I hope it reminds you of home as much as it does me!"
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  • 1 - 1 12 lb ground beef
  • 14 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans green beans, drained (you can substitute corn for all or part if you prefer)
  • 4 -6 cups mashed potatoes, prepared the way you like them
  • 4 slices cheese (we prefer American cheese with this dish)


  • Saute the ground beef garlic and onions together in a deep iron skillet until the beef is no longer pink in the middle. You can add any other seasonings to suit your taste -- I like to use salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. (Note: If you don't have an iron skillet, use a regular skillet to cook the meat and then assemble in a casserole dish).
  • Drain ground beef mixture.
  • Return ground beef to the skillet (or casserole dish), and arrange in a layer to cover the bottom.
  • Spread condensed cream of mushroom soup in a layer over the ground beef.
  • Arrange drained green beans/veggies in a layer over the soup.
  • Spread mashed potatoes in a layer over the veggies.
  • Top with cheese slices.
  • Place skillet/casserole dish on center rack in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 min or until cheese is melted with slightly browned edges.
  • Serve with warm dinner rolls.

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  1. I have made this several times now and really enjoy it. It's a nice deviation from tomato-based Shepherd's Pie.
  2. A great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving. Even my picky toddler gobbled this up and she doesn't even like mashed potatoes. Added some Johnny's seasoning salt to the meat and it was so simple and delicious that I will make it after every Thanksgiving!
  3. I have made this several times the past month for different people, they love it, thanks for posting.
  4. Everyone besides me loved this and it wasn't that I didn't love it just missed the brown gravy that I normally have. We will have again. The gang requested we have it again next week. =)
  5. Wonderful. I've tried several different Sheperd's Pie recipes and my family likes this the best. I use corn because green anything would ruin it for the kids. It is so creamy and delicious. Thanks for posting.


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