Monday, September 7, 2015

Not Your Mother's Shepherd's Pie


Not Your Mother's Shepherd's Pie


Here is another never-fail meal in our house. My kids and my husband love it when this is on the table. Did you know shepherd's pie was originally called cottage pie? Apparently it has been around since 1791! We humans know a good thing when we eat one. :)

If you are used to making this the 1960's way, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Before, a cook might brown some meat, dump in a can of tomato soup, a can of green beans, whip up some boxed mashed potatoes, throw on some cheese, put it in the oven and call it done. Yes, it was easy. Yes, it was good.


But take the time to do it from scratch, and you don't have just good - you have AMAZING! It will take you a bit more time, but it's very, very much worth it.

Let's dig in!



Not Your Mother's Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, diced
3 small cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2 tsp)
14 oz crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp onion salt
1/2 tsp pepper
8 oz fresh green beans, snipped and steamed until soft
4 cups buttered mashed potatoes - butter is key here!
1 -2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Instructions:

Oven temp: 350 degrees

1. In a large skillet brown the ground beef and onion until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is clear. Stir in the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. 
*Time saver* While your meat is cooking, your beans can be steaming.
2. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
3. In a 9x13 pan layer the meat then the beans.
4. Spread the mashed potatoes on top, covering all surfaces. Sprinkle on the cheese. I only used 1 cup of cheese. It was plenty for us.
5. Bake in a 350 degree oven 20 - 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and the casserole is hot and bubbly. Enjoy!

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51 comments:

  1. Yummy, Kath! Thanks for sharing the recipe - I'm going to propose I try to make this for Jess. Sure love ya!

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    1. You can do it, Jon! It's super easy. Love you too!

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  2. Oh my goodness this looks incredible! I can' wait to try it out tonight!

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    1. Sure hope it turns out well. Let me know!

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  3. This looks delicious, my dear! I have not made shepherds pie in....a long time! This is such a delicious meal for a cool autumn night. Enjoy your week! Hugs!

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    1. I am always pleasantly surprised when I remember to make this. It's so easy and good. It needs to be made more often. :)

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  4. This looks so delicious! My dad LOVES this type of recipe so I'll have to try yours next time he visits! Visiting from Titus2Tuesday

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    1. It's a winner any time! Thanks for stopping by, Lisa.

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  5. I love shepherd's pie, and so does my husband, but we haven't had it in a very long time. I think I might have to remedy that. Thanks for the idea! :-)

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    1. So glad I could help. :) Thanks for reading, Mishael.

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  6. Love Shepherd's Pie! I also like the inclusion of the cheese. Thanks for sharing with us at #AnythingGoes and have a great week!

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    1. Cheese is a non-negotiable part of this casserole in our house! So glad you like it, Sue. Thanks for commenting.

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  7. Ooooh I love all the creative things you put in here! Green beans and cheddar cheese.. yum!

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    1. Thanks, Cristina. I hope you get a chance to make it!

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  8. Sounds good I like the beans instead of peas idea! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on Twitter Tomorrow ! Have a great week!
    Kim

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    1. Thank you for tweeting this! I've never heard of peas in a shepherd's pie. Interesting! I'll have to keep that in mind just in case I don't have beans.

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  9. I like your seasonings and choice of ingredients! And yes, butter is KEY! Featured on my FB page and thank you for linking up at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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    1. Thanks, Carrie. If I ever ran out of butter, it would be a dark day in my kitchen. :) I appreciate the feature!

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  10. This looks so delicious! I'm visiting from Thursday Favorite Things Hop.
    Thanks
    Angie

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  11. I'm going to try this, it looks fantastic!!

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  12. What a hearty family meal!

    Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids' Tasty Tuesdays link up. Hope to see you back next week.

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    1. It really hits the spot with meat, starch, and a veggie. :)

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  13. This is so great. I would love you to stop by Food on Friday: Pies & Tarts over at Carole's Chatter to add this to the recipe collection! Cheers!

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    1. Thanks, Carole. It's nice to be invited. :)

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  14. We love this every now and then. No boxed potatoes for me ever! Always make my mashed from fresh potatoes. Certainly are the best! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  15. This sounds delicious!! Love all from scratch recipes! :) Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

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    1. Thank you JES! From scratch recipes are certainly the best. :)

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  16. Yum. You know I don't think I've ever actually had Shepherds Pie before! I've seen it around and in cookbooks and even asked my husband the other day if it would be something he would like and he said yes! I will have to try this soon! Thank you for sharing with us at #ThrowbackThursday!

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    1. You definitely can't miss out on this comfort food. Please let me know if you try it!

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  17. Thanks! Cheers from Carole's Chatter!

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  18. You are so hitting my fall appetite today! The 4 Star Meal and this one, so pinning this too! I have missed you my friend. And my family will so love you too when I whip this up for dinner!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Nikki! Your comments always make me smile.

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  19. I love shepherd's pie and this recipe is no exception! I can't wait to try it next week with my husband and 2 year old. I'm sure it's going to be a hit! Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. The little ones love it just as much as the adults in my house. Thanks for coming by!

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  20. I love shepherd's pie too and this is the perfect fall dish to make!
    Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe to make it.
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

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    1. You are welcome, Julie! I appreciate the visit.

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  21. I haven't had cottage pie in such a long time! It's such a great fall recipe. There's something about a warm casserole on a fall day. Pinning this to try.

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    1. Thank you for pinning this! And I love that you call it by it's original name: cottage pie. :)

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  22. Thanks for sharing this Awesome recipe with us at Cooking and Crafting with J&J. Enjoy the weekend and we hope to see you again.
    Julie

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  23. Oh Yum!! Haven't had a good Sheppard pie in a while!! Thanks for linking up on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week!! Pinned!

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  24. This sounds really good! I have always heard of Shepherds Pie but I've never had it before. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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    1. It's definitely something you must try then. :) Thanks for the party, Lela!

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  25. What a great All-American dish!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    1. You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  26. Looks awesome! I found you through Natasha in Oz's linkup. I put green beans in my Shepherd's pie, too, but I will have to try out the cheese!

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  27. Good Afternoon to you, Do you know, I remember my Nan Ivy, making shepherds pie, as did my mother Phyllis and as do I. It is one of those warm and comforting meals that is just perfect when the weather turns cold. Here in England we don't add green beans, we tend to add carrots.... but I love finding new ways for old recipes, so I am certainly going to be trying green beans next time I make Shepherds pie.
    Best Wishes to you.
    Daphne

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