I am not that great of a chef. I maybe borderline good but that is about it. I am learning though. One thing I have learned is to do what I know. Growing up we ate a lot of hearty meals that were not too terribly expensive to make. Shepard’s Pie falls perfectly into the category. The beautiful of it is that you can add in whatever works for you, your family and your budget. My Aunt Pat makes the most DELICIOUS Shepard’s Pie. I have never, ever been able to get it to her quality but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t always trying. My cousin and I have decided she must add a sprinkle of magic in there somewhere. Squishy posted her recipe a few months back which looks ahhh-mazing but I wanted to share with our family’s version as well.
2 lbs Ground Meat (I use hamburger but you can really use anything such as turkey or pork)
1 Package of Mushrooms (I used the pre-sliced Porrtabello but any will do)
1 Bag of Frozen Mixed Veggies
Seasoning to taste (I use Salt, Pepper and Garlic Salt)
6 Poatoes quartered
1 Stick of Butter
Milk (I eyeball it but it is proabably about 1/4 cup)
2 cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar
Start by chopping your onion and peeling and quartering your potatoes. Place potatoes in a pan and fill with water, bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender. Meanwhile, saute the onions and mushrooms in either butter or olive oil. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Once the onions and mushrooms are sauteed to your liking add the meat. Season as desired and cook until browned.
Add in the bag of your frozen veggies. Fresh veggies can be used but you will probably want to cook them first. Stir until mixed well.
Once the potatoes are soft enough to slip off a fork remove from heat and drain. Throw in a stick of butter, milk and salt and pepper to taste. Use either a hand blender or a hand masher to mash.
Place the meat and veggie mixture into a large baking dish, a casserole dish works the best.
Top mixture with the shredded cheese. Spoon mashed potatoes on top of that and spread evenly making sure to cover completely. Pop in the oven for 30-45 minutes until top is slightly browned.
I let mine sit for about 10 minutes prior to serving.
My Grandfather would be rolling in his grave ig he saw how my husband eats it! He slathers it with Ketchup…