It’s starting to get chilly out there.  Today we have a nice cozy Shepherd’s Pie as our Just Like Mom and Dad Real Recipe. It may look complicated, but we promise it is simpler than it looks!
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  • 2lb russet or sweet potatoes

  • 3-4 Tbsp heavy cream or milk

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1lb ground beef

  • 1/2 tsp thyme

  • 1/2 tsp basil

  • 1/2 tsp oregano

  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 3/4 cup yellow onion, chopped

  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1.5 cups frozen mixed vegetables

  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste

  • 4oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


Peel and chop potatoes. Add to a large saucepan and cover with water. Cook over medium-high heat for 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain. Mash as desired, adding cream, butter, salt and pepper to taste. Potatoes should be smooth and spreadable consistency.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef with onions, celery, carrots, garlic and seasonings. Drain fat as needed. When beef is nearly cooked through, add tomato paste, stirring well.

In a large bowl, combine beef mixture with peas, corn and shredded cheese. Divide among four 10oz ramekins. Top off with mashed potatoes.

Bake for 30 minutes. If desired, lightly char mashed potatoes using a handheld kitchen torch.

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