Comforting Poor Man's Shepherd's Pie

"I got this recipe from a friend of mine years and years ago. It's one of my DH's favorites. It's been a while since I made it though, so I'm guessing at the time to bake."
photo by Lorrie in Montreal photo by Lorrie in Montreal
photo by Lorrie in Montreal
photo by Lorrie in Montreal photo by Lorrie in Montreal
Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Make mashed potatoes using the 10 potatoes. I boiled my potatoes, drain and then mash wtih butter and milk to a smooth consistency.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, brown the ground beef until thoroughly cooked. Drain and rinse off grease.
  • Grease a casserole or baking dish with butter or spray with Pam.
  • Once potatoes are mashed, line the bottom and sides of the casserole dish with a little under 2/3 of the potatoes. Make it look like a crust.
  • Mix together the ground beef and creamed corn. Pour into the casserole as the filling.
  • Top the filling with the remaining mashed potatoes, spreading to the sides and having it meet the "crust".
  • Bake in a 400 degree oven until the top is lightly browned - about 30 to 45 minutes.

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  1. laurav121
    Good basic recipe, but where's the seasoning for the meat? Even just salt and pepper to taste would help. I've been making a version of this for years with added salt, pepper, garlic, and onion to the beef (and adding frozen peas and carrots is also wonderful). And I've always used instant mashed potatoes,which works very well.
  2. Lorrie in Montreal
    Made for Photo Tag. I make Shepherd's Pie often and I really liked the variation of mashed potatoes as a crust layer.I added some onions and salt and pepper to the meat mixture...thehusband would have fussed to no end if it was'nt in there. Here in Quebec we call this Pate Chinois...not sure why tho...LOL
  3. auggiebelle
    this was good. I will definetly make it again. I added a package of brown gravy to the hamburger meat as per another review. It kind of turned my mashed potatoes into a soup. Still tasted great though!
  4. Ravenseyes
    the recipe truly meets its name poor man's shepherd's pie - although very good flavors - I would in the future add a nice thick gravy to the meat with the corn add a little onion - mushrooms and perhaps even some carrots and celery - but for the tag I made it just as the recipe outlines - good recipe thanks mom
  5. LaReinita
    This is similar to how I make mine except I add onions and garlic to the hamburger meat, I also add a little Old Bay seasoning to the ground beef. I also layer mine, Ground beef on the bottom, Creamed corn in the middle, and then the mashed potatoes. Also, for some extra flavor I sprinkle Old Bay on the top of the mashed potatoes until it has a nice color .. not too much though or it will be too salty!! . . Really . . . The Old Bay tastes very nice in this dish!!!



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