Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Mom's Shepherd's Pie

My mom used to make this all the time when my brother and I were growing up. I loved it so much that I now make it. I have however changed the recipe to what we like. We don't eat ground hamburger so I use ground turkey which tastes better anyways.

Shepherd's Pie

2-3 Packages Ground Turkey
2 Cans Tomato Sauce
3 Cans Green Beans
Mashed Potatoes
Shredded Cheese
Sea Salt
Garlic Salt

1. Boil your red potatoes until soft. Drain the water and put into a mixing bowl. Added sea salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste. Then add butter and sour cream to taste. I'd say I put in 1/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup sour cream. I would just add until you feel that's enough for your taste. Mix with hand mixer and set aside.

A. My mom used to use instant mashed potatoes I believe, however, we LOVE red potatoes. So I buy a bag of red potatoes and cut them up and boil them until they are soft enough to mix into mashed potatoes. Since I don't measure I can't give you the exact amount. I usually cook up the whole bag and just put the remaining mashed potatoes in the fridge for later. 

2. While the potatoes are boiling brown the turkey meat in a pan adding in the sea salt, pepper and garlic salt to taste. You can add other spices if you wish. Once meat is all the way cooked add the tomato sauce and let warm in the pan with the meat.

3. Put the meat mixture into the bottom of a x11 pan (I use a glass pan) and spread it out evenly. Drain the water from your cans of green beans and dump the green beans in on top of the meat mixture. Spread out evenly as the second layer. Then layer your mashed potatoes on the very top. I usually put these kind of thick on top. Spread them out evenly so you don't see the green beans layer.

4. Top the dish off with a layer of cheese (I use shredded chedder). Bake at 350* for 25 minutes. Since everything is warm except the green beans and cheese don't go over the 25 minutes or the cheese will burn.

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