Shepherd’s Pie – Quick & Simple Recipe


Below, I’ll provide a recipe for Shepherd’s Pie. This is the quick version, using instant potatoes and basic ingredients.

A lot of people add extra vegetables to it, but I just kept it simple and only included all the stuff that is more filling and/or promotes utter satiety. This dish should be referred to as a “casserole” as opposed to “pie” but hey, I didn’t name the damn thing……

This recipe makes 4 servings…

Cook 1 lb. of ground chuck or lean hamburger meat. I usually season the beef with a slight amount of Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, and black pepper.
As the beef is nearly done, add one tablespoon of dried, chopped onion into the frying pan – or, you can substitute this with a small, fresh onion that is finely chopped.
After the beef is done, drain & set aside.

Prepare your instant potatoes, using a 6-serving sized proportion; salt & pepper to taste. Depending upon the time you want to put into this cuisine, using 3 large potatoes, you can substitute the instant potatoes by making your own homemade mashed potatoes the way you normally would prepare them. But, if you’re in a hurry, instant potatoes should suffice.

Okay, you now have your ground chuck/beef & potatoes done and seasoned…  In a 9 x 9 baking pan, use half of the ground beef for the first layer, then use half of the potatoes as the second layer, then add 4 slices of American cheese as the 3rd layer.
Repeat the same process for the 4th, 5th, and 6th layer – beef / potatoes / cheese.

Bake this dish at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the top layer of the cheese starts to brown.

Cool & enjoy…

It should look something like this:

Excuse the incomplete pie, as my girlfriend spooned some out as I was going for the camera...

Excuse the incomplete pie, as my girlfriend spooned some out as I was going for the camera...

Quick Addition: Many people like to add corn along with other vegetables into their Shepherd’s Pie, so feel free to alter this simple recipe to better suit your taste. With or without the variations, it should turn out to be a tasty casserole. Yummy!

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