This recipe is the merge of two Zaar recipes. The base is close to Dana's Sloppy Joes # 32576 and well, any basic recipe for mashed potatoes will do. You might try recipe #349421 Basic Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes for an overnight jump on your Shepherd's Pie. For mothers this recipe will be a joy to have on hand in the freezer. Adjust seasonings and ingredients to suit your family and share your ideas please!