Easy Shepherd's Pie
Missy, here. My daughter LOVES shepherd's pie. She's been begging for it for weeks (even asked for it for Christmas Day).
My son can't stand it.
So what's a mom to do? Well, I got creative.
First, I looked up recipes but ended up doing my own thing with ingredients I had on hand. (Sound familiar? I think I say that every week.)
1 pound extra lean ground beef
chopped onion to taste (dried onions is all I had)
1 can green peas or beans
1 package prepared mashed potatoes
1 carrot or a handful of pre-shredded carrots
1 Tbs. tomato paste
handful of grated cheddar cheese
First off, I grabbed convenience items. Canned peas or beans (I only had beans). Pre-shredded carrots. Packaged mashed potatoes (we love the ones from Bob Evans!).
Then I grabbed 1 pound extra lean ground beef.
I browned the beef with some dried onions (was out of fresh onion but would recommend fresh if you have it).
Then I added a handful of shredded carrots. You can also finely chop a whole carrot. Cook until carrots are softened.
Stir in several shakes of Worcestershire sauce (I'd guess I added about 1-2 Tbs total) and about a tablespoon of tomato paste. Stir until paste is mixed in. This takes a few minutes, and you may need to add a little water to make it possible.
Then add a splash of water and sprinkle about a tablespoon of flour on top. Stir until mixed and starting to thicken just a bit. I had to add a little more water and Worcestershire sauce to thin it some.
Heat green beans and mashed potatoes in microwave. This saves time on baking.
Grease a casserole dish. Layer in the beef. Top with beans/peas. Then spread a warm, thick layer of mashed potatoes on top to cover the beans. Sprinkle with grated cheddar to taste. Bake 350 degrees for about 30 minutes (until cheese is nice and melted).
I love this recipe! So homey and comforting.
But remember...my son doesn't like it? He asked it would hurt my feelings if he went out to buy himself something to eat. (Yes, he's sweet and considerate when he wants to be.) :) I told him that I'd figure something else out.
Before I put the casserole together, I decided to save him some of each food item to keep separate.
It hit me that the beef mixture smelled a lot like sloppy Joes. So I just added some ketchup and served it to him on bread (didn't have any buns). He ended up eating it all...just separated out. :) Successful dinner!
Oh, and you're also getting a peek at Pepper's cornbread recipe she shared on the Seeker blog on New Year's Day! I'll talk about that next week.