April 2, 2018

Easy Shepard's Pie

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I know I am not the only one that loves me some comfort food.  I especially love comfort food during those colder days so that not only does it heat up the house while I'm cooking it but that it will heat me up from the inside.  Fortunately for me right now, once my belly is full and I am all warm and cozy, it is nap time for me and my little one inside me.


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When ever I think about comfort food, I think about all the yummy foods that my mom and grandmother used to make.  Most of the time they were those dishes that were so yummy that it would go straight to your stomach and thighs if you ate them all the time.  Dishes like Baked Mac 'n Cheese, but then there are other dishes that aren't that unhealthy to eat that can still be considered comfort food, such as, homemade beef stew.  (YUM!)  But I better stop sharing examples of comfort food because as we speak it is making me a little hungry.

Shepard's Pie has always been a staple comfort food in my household growing up.  My mom always made it.  When I was a kid I didn't really care for it because I just didn't care for the hamburger.  To me the hamburger just always seemed bland....no matter who made it (so mom you can't get mad at me).  But then I had some shepard's pie made by one of my best friend's mother and I fell in love.  She seasoned the meat with gravy powder.  BOOM!!!!  GAME CHANGER!!!

Since then, I have loved and made shephard's pie with her trick and adding a little bit of me to make the best shephard's pie EVER!!

Easy Shepard's Pie

Learn how to make the traditional comfort food shephard's pie with a twist to make the meat tasty.


What you need:

2-3 lbs ground beef (I used 80/20)
1/2 c. onion, chopped
2 tbsp. minced garlic
1 pk. au jus gravy
1/4 c. water
2 cans corn, one whole kernel and one cream style (I only had 2 cans of whole kernel though)
2 pk. loaded instant potatoes

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  In a large skillet, sautee onion and garlic over medium-high heat for about 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
Learn how to make the traditional comfort food shephard's pie with a twist to make the meat tasty.

2.  Add ground beef, water and au jus gravy package to the onion and garlic mixture and cook for 10 to 20 minutes or until beef is almost completely cooked (some pink is ok).
Learn how to make the traditional comfort food shephard's pie with a twist to make the meat tasty.Learn how to make the traditional comfort food shephard's pie with a twist to make the meat tasty.

3.  Prepare potatoes as directed on package.  (Personally, I think you must use instant potatoes because it does not taste the same with real potatoes.)

4.  In a large casserole dish, assemble the 'pie'.  Bottom layer is the hamburger with a few tablespoons of the au jus juice from the pan.  Then an even layer of corn and then top it off with the potatoes.

Learn how to make the traditional comfort food shephard's pie with a twist to make the meat tasty.Learn how to make the traditional comfort food shephard's pie with a twist to make the meat tasty.Learn how to make the traditional comfort food shephard's pie with a twist to make the meat tasty.
5.  Bake in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes have golden spots.  Enjoy!
-Rambling Holly

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