Mama Rita's Simple Shepherd's Pie
A recipe I learned from my late mother-in-law, Rita, when I first met my husband. It's simply "comfort" food! I can serve this to my family and their friends and you would have thought I served them a roast. The appeal...it speaks about old times and family meals and sitting around the dining table. If you are creative, you can make your own variations. I do not add salt because the gravy mix provides all the seasoning.
"This recipe was great! My boyfriend loved it too. I added onion to the beef because we love onion. Great dish, thank u for sharing it!"- nadiamariebotello
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Mama Rita's Simple Shepherd's Pie Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In advance, peel and boil the potatoes and make mashed potatoes, or use leftover mashed potatoes or instant mashed potatoes (make according to package directions); set aside. Cook vegetables according to package directions and set aside. In a skillet, brown ground beef then sprinkle brown gravy mix over ground beef and no more than 1/2 cup of water just to thicken the gravy and make the ground beef a little moist - do not make ground beef soupy. After ground beef has browned, evenly layer ground beef in a rectangular 9x13 casserole or baking dish; then evenly layer the cooked vegetables atop the ground beef; finally, spread the mashed potatoes carefully (I use a rubber spatula) over the vegetable layer until completely covered. Sprinkle the French fried onions atop the mashed potatoes (optional), or arrange the pats of butter atop the potatoes if you do not use the onions. Bake the Shepherds Pie for approximately 30 minutes, just to heat all the ingredients through. Complete meal in a dish.
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