Shepherd's Pie (Dad's Casserole)
This is a family classic that was my dad used often when he was in charge of the dinner plans. There are a lot of variations of Shepherd's Pie out there, but this one is my favorite. We always put an initial or shape in the top of the mashed potatoes just to make someone's day.
1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained (I like the organic grass-fed at ALDI)
1 can cut green beans, drained
1 can condensed tomato soup
5-6 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered (If you are in a hurry, you could use instant mashed potatoes- wouldn't fly at my house:)
4 T. butter - approx.
1/2 c. sour cream - approx.
salt and pepper
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Boil potatoes until fork tender. Drain and return to pot. Mash with butter and sour cream. Salt and pepper to taste.
2. Brown and drain ground beef. Set aside.
3. Preheat oven to 350*
4. In a casserole or 9 x 13, layer ground beef at the bottom, green beans on next, and pour condensed soup on the top.
5. Spread the mashed potatoes as the top layer. Draw a shape or letter in the top for fun.
6. Bake for 20 minutes or until potatoes begin to brown on top.