Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Easy Shepherd's Pie

The main dish from our St Patty’s Day feast, this easy casserole which was a hit with the fam and disappeared quickly.  The recipe comes from “Simply Recipes” and she did make it pretty easy.

1 1/2 – 2 pounds potatoes (about 3 large), peeled and quartered

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter (I used olive oil instead)

1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

1 – 2 cups vegetables, diced carrots, corn, peas (I used 1 large sliced carrot, 3 – 4 stalks sliced celery, 1 can drained corn and 1 can drained green beans)

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1/2 cup beef broth

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

salt, pepper, other seasonings of your choice

shredded cheddar cheese, if desired

1  Boil potatoes.  Preheat oven to 400.

2  Melt 4 tablespoons butter (or olive oil) in large saucepan over medium heat.  Cook onions (and carrots and celery and I added a couple of pressed cloves of garlic too) until onions are translucent.

3  Add ground beef to pan and cook until no longer pink.  Add in can of corn and can of green beans then add beef broth and Worcestershire.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.

4  Make mashed potatoes as desired when potatoes are done.  (Bob is the mashed potato maker at our house.)

5  Spread meat and veggie mixture in bottom of a 9 x 13″ pan.  Spread mashed potatoes over the top like frosting!  Top with cheddar cheese if desired.

6  Bake 30 minutes, until top is browned and bubbling.

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