Occasionally, I am going to start posting recipes that I enjoy. I don’t know how often, but hopefully at least once a week or so. You will notice that usually, these recipes will share the following traits:
- They do not require a lot of unusual ingredients;
- They do not require a lot of preparation time;
- They will often be suitable for preparing ahead of time; and
- They will often be suitable for freezing leftovers.
Thus, they are ideal for students, people who work and homeschooling families. 🙂
As my first recipe post, I am introducing my modified version of this Shepherd’s Pie recipe. This dish is easy to make the night before, it does not require much preparation, and it is suitable for freezing leftovers!
Sarah’s Modified Shepherd’s Pie:
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cups frozen corn, peas and carrots
- 2 cans (4 oz each) sliced mushrooms, drained
- 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 16 oz beef broth
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (the real stuff!)
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 1 box Betty Crocker Four Cheese Instant Mashed Potatos (both packages inside the box)
In skillet, brown hamburger.
In separate pan, cook mashed potatoes as directed.
Once hamburger is browned, add diced onion, garlic, salt & pepper, nutmeg, frozen vegetables, mushrooms and beef broth. Bring mixture to a boil.
Meanwhile, in separate bowl, microwave butter in 10 second intervals until melted. Once melted, stir in flour until smooth. Add butter/flour mixture to skillet with hamburger mixture and simmer until thickened. Spoon mixture into oven safe dish. Top with mashed potatos and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
We love this recipe! It is a hearty, warm casserole that is great all year round, but especially on cooler fall/winter days. It is a complete meal in itself, but is also great with salad and bread.
If you have a favorite recipe that is easy to prepare ahead of time, does not require a lot of unusual ingredients and/or can be made in large quantities and frozen; please leave a comment linking me to your post sharing the recipe!