Thursday, January 12, 2012

Weeknight Shepherd's Pie

This is a big hit in our house right now! I like it because it's fast and easy, the kids like it because it's all the "good things" mixed up. BB likes it because it has gravy.

  • 1 lb ground beef (can use 2 C cooked stew meat if you like, the ground beef makes it fast!)
  • 1 C frozen mixed veggies, thawed
  • 1 tsp dried thyme (I used fresh last summer, and it was too strong, even cut way back!)
  • 1/4 C half-and-half (I use whatever milk is on hand)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 C mashed potatoes (great way to use up leftovers, or a reason to keep instant around)
  • 1/4 C chopped parsley (I use dried, because I'm too impatient to chop fresh)
  • 2 TBSP butter, melted
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 C hot prepared beef gravy
  • Preheat over to 400 degrees F
  • Grease a medium casserole or deep quiche dish
  • Brown and drain ground beef, or cut stew beef into bite-sized pieces and place in casserole
  • Top with veggies and thyme
  • Mix half-and-half with salt, pepper, egg, and mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with parsley and mix.
  • Spread potato mixture over beef, drizzle butter over potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika.
  • Bake until filling is hot and top is browned, about 20 minutes.
  • Top each serving with gravy.
It is, in fact, what's for dinner tonight!

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