Friday, January 20, 2012

RECIPE: Not Really Shepherd's Pie

My mother in law made a version of this dish for her family for many years.  She placed the filling in a baking dish and spread the mashed potatoes over top and baked it.  I took it apart to make it simpler after realizing there was no point to the baking process.  It's not what is traditionally considered shepherd's pie but that is what they always called it, so we do too.  It is very quick, very simple, nutritious and delicious! We have this several times a month.

1 lb ground beef.
1 small onion
1 clove garlic (optional)
salt and pepper
1-2 cana tomato sauce (depending on how much sauce you like)
1 cup green beans or 1 cup cooked spinach
(we often use both)
prepared mashed potatoes, instant or homemade

Brown the ground beef, onions and garlic in a large skillet.  Drain.  Add the tomato sauce and vegetables and simmer till vegetables are done.  Season and serve over mashed potatoes.

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