A Shepherd’s Pie or Potato Pie as it is sometimes called can be made from fresh ingredients and with a more formal recipe but it can also be a catch all for leftovers before they are wasted. Just use up those peas, corn, green beans, pepper, tomato sauce, sour cream, catsup, milk, onion, mashed potatoes, cheese, celery, etc. before they go bad, it is pretty ease to make and can be reheated on days when you just don’t have time to fix a big meal.
Now I’m going to give you a more formal recipe but feel free to experiment with what you like and what you have on hand and scale up or scale down the ingredients. Remember though, food has an expiration date so don’t use anything that is turning green or moldy or went bad already. You will not enjoy the pain that comes with food poisoning.
1 lb ground chuck or meat loaf mix
1 medium onion, chopped
½ cup minced celery
3 cloves garlic
1 medium bell pepper (I used a red bell pepper for color and flavor
1 tsp fresh basil41/2 chopped fresh rosemary
½ cup chopped green onions
1 15 oz can tomato sauce (I used a pizza sauce)
1 ½ tsp Cajun seasoning
1 17 oz can whole kernel corn, drained
1 17 oz can green beans, drained
2 or 3 white potatoes
½ stick salted butter
½ cup milk
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt
Vegetable oil spray
½ cup Swiss cheese, grated
¼ cup grated cheddar cheese
1. put onions, celery garlic, bell pepper, basil, rosemary, and green onions in a small bowl. I tend to just use Italian seasoning instead of the basil and rosemary.
2. Peal the potatoes, quarter them, and place in a large saucepan.
3. Cover the potatoes with water and boil for about 20 minutes. Check at around 10 minutes to see if they are done. You can do this by stabbing them with a fork and seeing if they are tender. You can also puncture the potatoes with a fork a few times, wrap them in paper towels or napkins and nuke them per your microwaves instructions.
4. Open the cans of vegetables and tomato sauce
5. Heat a large skillet over medium heat
6. When skillet is hot add the ground chuck and brown for about 2 minutes
7. Add the contents of the bowl of onions, etc. and sauté for about 4 minutes
8. Stir in the corn, green beans, tomato sauce, cajun seasoning, and tobasco sauce.
9. Preheat the oven to 375
10. Cook for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally
11. If you nuke the potatoes, skin them and mash. If you boiled the potatoes, drain them and mash. Add the butter, milk, salt, and pepper while mixing. I like to make them wetter than normal so that they spread easier. The baking will perk them up.
12. Spray the bottom of a 2 ½ quart casserole with the vegetable oil spray
13. Pour the meat mixture into the casserole
14. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the mixture
15. Spread the cheeses over the potatoes
16. Lightly dust the top with the paprika
17. Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes.
18. You know it is done when the potatoes are getting golden brown, the cheese is melted, and you can stick a knife in the middle and it comes out pretty clean.
This probably wont freeze well because of the potatoes but it does well covered in the refrigerator for a few days, You can then reheat it in the microwave or oven at 300 degrees.