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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Shepard's Pie, Faith Style

I know it's been awhile since I last posted, sorry. I've been working really hard to maintain my grades. School is really important to me. Good news, I've been accepted in the Advanced Placement Program! Woot Woot.  But enough about that for now, let's talk  food :)

Shepard's Pie. I made up this quick and easy version for my family and we ate it a lot this winter. They gobbled it up every time. Hope you like it too. Here are the ingredients you will need:

1 lb ground beef or turkey
2 cans cream of mushroom soup (or one of the large cans)
one cup of cream (you can substitute here- fat free milk or half and half)
1 can of peas
1 can of carrots
mushrooms, you can use either 1 can or fresh (I prefer canned because they cook faster)
1 large onion, diced
dash of salt and pepper
1-2 tbls Worshechire sauce
2 cups left over mashed potatoes  or you can use a ready made crust for more of a pot pie flavor, just roll out the pre-made dough according to the directions and place in the bottom of pie plate, like I did in the picture below. We prefer the mashed potatoes, but either way is yum.

Cook the chopped onion in a large skillet until it's translucent, then add the ground meat. Brown the chop meat, then drain off any excess fat.

Mix in the cream of mushroom soup then add the vegetables and spices to taste. Mix together on medium to low heat  and then add the cream (or milk). Add in only a couple of the ingredients at a time because you want it to be mixed thoroughly.

cook the mixture until it's creamy and bubbly like this
Pour mixture into 9 inch pie dish. Scoop mashed potatoes over entire top of pie. Or place 1/2 inch stips of dough down over top. Cook  in 350 oven for approximately twenty minutes or until all ingredients are bubbly and aromatic.
I like to melt a little butter and brush it across the top of the crust to make it nice and brown

There will be extra mixture-this yields enough to make two pies. I make two at once for our family of five to eat but you can freeze the other and save it for another night.

This is a quick, inexpensive and very filling family meal. Hope you enjoy!