TaderDoodle's Shepherd's Pie … or something like that

duck shepherd's pie at collins pub
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One of my favorite meals to make is what I CALL
Shepherd’s Pie.
Apparently it is NOT that at all (according to EVERY recipe site out there), it is supposedly more like a Cottage Pie.  One has gravy and maybe even tomatoes, one does not.  Seems everyone has a different idea of what exactly it is.
Mine is quite simply seasoned browned ground beef, mashed potatoes, and corn – give or take a few things depending on what is on hand at the time.
Call it what you will it’s yummy, it’s easy, and it’s the first casserole style dinner I ever saw my husband eat (and he fought me for the last piece).
Potatoes                                          Ground Beef
Onions (or Lipton Secrets)           Corn
Butter, Salt, Pepper, Pie Crust is optional
1. Brown ground beef with onion or recipe secrets, drain and set aside
2. Fix mashed potatoes
3. Pie crust is optional
4. Lay pie crust in casserole dish, layer beef, then potatoes, then corn, a couple pats of butter and top crust.
5. Bake at 350 degrees until crust is done (or until butter melted if no crust)

Shepherd's Pie Recipe Card

4x3 Shepherd's Pie Recipe Card

I recommend using more than just one pound of ground beef.  My dish is pretty big and we’re pretty hungry so I usually will make two pounds, along with a big pot of mashed potatoes.  Any extras can always be saved for later or used in the next nights meal.  (Potato pancakes ROCK!)
I’ve only made it with a pie crust twice, and it was Pillsbury from the refrigerated section.
Do you have a favorite casserole dish that isn’t quite what the normal recipe states? I’d love it if you’d share! I’m terrible at actually following a recipe.

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2 thoughts on “TaderDoodle's Shepherd's Pie … or something like that

  1. Honey says:

    I usually make shepherd’s pie with leftovers. It is often different every time (usually Mondays). This past week it was leftover pork roast, gravy, a bag of frozen mixed veggies, and leftover mashed potatoes. Throw it in the oven and you have a roasting pan full of shepherd’s pie.
    If we are making it from scratch we use hamburger and make a gravy while cooking it, a bag of frozen veggies, and mashed potatoes on top.
    I love one pot meals. We have pot meals once a week. What other pot meals do you make?

    • TaderDoodles says:

      I make another with california mix veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, and squash), cubed red potatoes, and cubed ham. Butter, of course, and some mystery mixed up spice stuff (similar to Mrs. Dash I guess). Hubby and I love it! And adding cheese to it is good too. It’s another one of my “toss it in a dish and cook at 350 until it smells done” dishes!

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