As a child I never liked sheperd's pie. It wasn't until I had my second child over a year ago that I discovered how much I actually liked it. This recipe was really, really good. This recipe can be found on page 23 of the December/January 2013 issue of Taste of Home Simple and Delicious. This recipe has enough food to create two casseroles. I used half of everything to make only one casserole.
- 5 pounds of potatoes (about 10 medium), peeled and cubed. (I used a bag of Steam N Mash potatoes- just make the potatoes according to the package directions before following this recipe- you will need milk, butter, salt, and pepper)
- 2 pounds of ground beef
- 2 large onions, chopped (I used 1 teaspoon of onion powder)
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 cans (15 1/2 oz. each) whole kernel corn, drained
- 1 1/2 cups of barbecue sauce
- 2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
- 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place potatoes in a stock pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. (If using Steam N Mash potatoes follow the directions on the package)
- Meanwhile, cook the beef, onions, and garlic in a large skillet until the meat is no longer pink; drain.
- Stir in the corn and barbecue sauce.
- Drain the potatoes; mash with cream cheese, butter, salt, and pepper. (If using Steam N Mash just mix in the cream cheese after preparing them according to their directions)
- Spoon the meat mixture into two greased 13 inch x 9 inch baking dishes.
- Spread the mashed potatoes over the tops and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese.
- You can cool one slightly and cover and freeze it for up to 3 months.
- Bake the other casserole for dinner for 25-30 minutes and enjoy!
Using the frozen casserole
Thaw in the fridge overnight. Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before baking. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 hours or until it is bubbly. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer.