Shepard's Pie is so me. Meaning, I love meals that are complete meals all in one bite. You got your meat, starch, vegetables and dairy all in one bite! I guess that's why I love casseroles so much. Any time we do have a dish with separate sides, such as Thanksgiving Dinner, I always end up mixing the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and corn all on the fork at one time. I guess that's just how I roll.
This recipe is just a little different from your traditional Shepard's Pie, but different in a very good way. I added a can of corn, because the more veggies the merrier in my opinion. The one can of tomato soup was leaving it a bit dry for my taste, so I added a can of cream of mushroom in addition to the tomato soup! It turned out even more flavorful and creamy than the traditional kind. It was SO SO yummy. I didn't even hear any complaints from the hubby when we had it not one, not two, but three nights in a row. :)
Start off with browning the meat and onions, drain the fat. Mix the beef, can of corn, can of green beans and a can of tomato soup. So easy! Throw in a greased casserole dish.
Next mash up 3 or 4 potatoes, however many potatoes you like, until creamy. Spread on top of the beef mixture.
Top with grated cheese. I'm using colby jack here, but cheddar would be yummy too.
Bake at 350 degrees til cheese is melted and casserole is bubblin. About 30 minutes.
Serve to a hungry family with a big appetite. This dish is hearty and perfect for a cool November night.
My Shepard's Pie
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 medium to large onion
1 can corn, drained
1 can green beans, drained
1 can tomato soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup *I did not end up using the entire can.
4 medium potatoes *more or less depending on your preference
1 cup grated cheese
Begin by boiling your water for the potatoes. Peel the potatoes and chop in to quarters. Place in boiling water and cook until soft (about 20 minutes or so).
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While the potatoes are boiling, brown ground beef, and season with salt and pepper. Add onions to the ground beef while it is cooking, cook until onions are soft and meat is cooked. Drain extra fat. Pour beef and onion mixture into a large bowl and add the corn, green beans, tomato soup and cream of mushroom soup. Mix until incorporated. Pour mixture into a greased 9x13 dish and smooth out.
When potatoes are soft, drain and place in a bowl to mash. Add a dash of milk and beat potatoes until creamy. Adding more milk if necessary. Spread mashed potatoes onto the ground beef, soup mixture. Sprinkle with grated cheese and place in oven for about 30 minutes.