Shepherd’s Pie

Well my mom doesn’t feel like cooking, and her bf cooked last night, so I guess that means I’m the only one left; which is okay with me because I love to cook (and eat!). We need to go grocery shopping around here, but I think I can manage to scrounge up some ingredients together to make an awesome meal. Low and behold, the perfect idea has come to me: Shepherd’s Pie! Who doesn’t like shepherd’s pie?! I usually like mine with corn in it, but since we don’t have any, I’m going to improvise and substitute it for green beans. It’s a really easy recipe that doesn’t take more than 30 minutes to make.

First, this is what you need:

  • 4-6 medium potatoes (peeled and cut in small pieces)
  • Half a small onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 can French cut green beans (I prefer to use natural vegetables, but I can only use what I have!)
  • 1 lb. lean hamburger meat
  • 1 tspn. Butter
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • ½ – 1 cup shredded cheese (whatever flavor you like)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven at 350°F
  2. Cook the potatoes in salted water until soft. Use your best judgment on how much water to use.
  3. Chop the half onion and garlic in a food processor and sauté in a large pan using the butter so it doesn’t stick.
  4. When golden brown, add hamburger meat and cook until all meat is browned.
  5. Cut up the half tomato in 4 large chunks (If you cut them too small, you will lose the juice). This will help create the sauce.
  6. Once the meat is saucy, drain your green beans and throw them in the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes on low-medium heat. Cover to keep hot.
  7. By now, your potatoes should be cooked. Drain them, put them back in the pot and add the 3 tbsp. butter. Mash. Add ½ cup of milk. More or less, depending on how creamy you like your mashed potatoes.
  8. In an 8” by 12” baking dish, pour in your green bean and meat mixture, evening it out. Next add the shredded cheese. Last, top it with the mashed potatoes.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes or until mashed potatoes are a little brown on top. Serve warm.

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