Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Shepherd's Pie (My Mom's Way)

Every once in a while I break down and buy ground beef. I know, I'm a cheapskate! I can't help it! It's how I've trained myself. But there was a thought in the back of my mind all day saying, Mom's shepherd's pie is so much better with beef... I've made it with ground turkey before and it was still really good. But today I just had to have it Mom's way.


3-4 large potatoes (These are for your mashed potatoes. You also need milk and butter (duh) but I don't know that anyone knows the actual amounts.)
1 pound ground beef or turkey, drained well
1 small onion, diced
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 can green beans, drained well
1 tablespoon oregano
3/4 cup water or beef broth
cheddar or monterrey jack cheese
parmesan cheese (optional)
salt, pepper and garlic powder


1.Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

2. Boil your potatoes, drain and mash with milk and butter. Season with garlic salt and pepper. You can throw a little cheese in too. I used mozzarella because I was low on monterrey jack.

3. Brown the hamburger with the diced onion. Season the meat with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Drain well.

4. Add tomato paste, green beans, oregano and beef broth to hamburger. Mix well. If the mixture is dry, add a little more broth.

5. Pour mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes.

6. Top potatoes with cheeses.

7. Bake for 20 minutes.

Omg it was sooooooo good!!!!



  1. Shepherds Pie is seriously one of my FAVE foods! We do ours a little different, but still....all shepherds pie is AMAZING!

    1. Erin, how do you do yours? I'd love to try a different version!

  2. I'm loving your twist on a family favorite. Gonna try it out soon because it looks delicious!!

    1. :) Thanks! I'm eating the leftovers right now! I wish there was more... Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hi, Sherylyn:

    Your Shepherd's Pie recipe reminds me of one that I got MANY years ago when I was first married. I've altered it slightly to serve more people and to suit my family's tastes, but here it is:

    Hamburger and Mashed Potato Casserole

    1 lb. hamburger (I usually use 1.5-2 lbs.)
    1 med. onion, chopped
    1/2 med. green pepper, chopped
    1 tsp. chili powder (I use about 2 tbsp. chili seasoning mix)
    1 can green beans, drained
    1 can whole kernel corn, drained
    1 can cream of tomato soup (I prefer to use a 15 oz. can of tomato sauce)
    Salt and pepper to taste
    2 c. prepared mashed potatoes (I usually use more than 2 cups of potatoes--can use instant, but homemade is better!)

    Brown hamburger, onion and green pepper until hamburger is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain grease if necessary. Add chili seasoning, salt, pepper, tomato sauce, green beans and corn. Pour into greased casserole and top with big spoonsful of mashed potatoes. Bake 25-30 min. at 375 degrees until hot and bubbling and tips of mashed potatoes are lightly browned.

    Diane P. 8-) (guess who)

    1. Hi Diane! Thanks for leaving your recipe! We'll have to try it and see if it reminds Dustin of his younger days. :)


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