History of Shepherd’s Pie
Did you know “shepherd’s pie” originated in Ireland and was originally called “cottage pie”. In early cookery books, the dish was a means of using leftover roasted meat of any kind, and the pie dish was lined with mashed potato as well as having a mashed potato crust on top. The term “shepherd’s pie” did not appear until 1877. (source)
Stockpile Cooking Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
Well in our house shepherd’s pie is definitely a leftover recipe. I pretty much throw in the kitchen sink- whatever veggies I need to use up! Also, this is a great pantry recipe (or sometimes called “stockpile cooking”). I often buy the free/super cheap boxed potatoes specifically to have on hand for this quick meal. Now before you have a fit with me… I know boxed potatoes are not the most nutritious item. But in a pinch- they are certainly better than running through a drive thru! If you have time, use red potatoes and leave a little of the skin on. This will give a little pop of color and that skin is actually good for you.
Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
- 1.5 lbs of ground beef
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can of corn
- 1 can of green beans or equivalent fresh
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 servings of prepared boxed potatoes or 2-3 cups fresh mashed potatoes
- shredded cheese
- other veggies to hide in I often use finely chopped asparagus
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- mix together in baking dish: beef, soup, veggies, seasoning, and sour cream
- prepare mashed potatoes and layer on top of beef mixture
- sprinkle with cheese
- bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 min
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