Meal Idea Monday: Shepherd’s Pie by Jennifer

18 Apr

This recipe was graciously shared with all of us by a member of our Food Tidings community, Jennifer Summerfield. Thank you Jennifer, this looks delicious!!!

A friend made this recipe for me several years ago, and I loved it. Since then I have made this for other families who loved it and make it in their homes often too. It’s the perfect comfort food, and so easy to make. The following is how I normally make it, but you can switch it up. Sometimes I cook the ground beef with a diced onion to add flavor. You can add peas, or substitute them for the corn. My family likes the corn best. For a large family, double the recipe.



1 lb of ground beef
2 15 oz cans of corn (you can use regular canned corn, creamed corn, or one of each)
3 cups of prepared mashed potatoes (real or instant – either one works)
Don’t forget the ingredients you need for making the mashed potatoes – butter or margarine, salt, milk
1 package of shredded cheddar cheese (2 cups)
Spices (optional)


1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees

2. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet (add spices if you want – I like salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Sometimes I go spicy and use chili powder or cayenne pepper).

3. While the ground beef is cooking, prepare the mashed potatoes, if you haven’t already done so.

4. Spread the browned ground beef in a 9×13 baking dish.

5. Open the cans of corn, and spread on top of the ground beef.

6. Use a spatula to spread the mashed potatoes on top of the corn. (It’s ok if some of the corn gets stuck in the mashed potatoes – you’re going to cover it with cheese, and no one will know anyway).

7. Sprinkle the entire package of cheese over the top.

8. Put the entire thing in the oven, and cook just long enough for the cheese to melt.

That’s it! This is delicious served alone, or with a salad or some fruit (one of our favorites is watermelon).


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