Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sorta-Shepard's Pie

Generally, you cannot go wrong with meat and potatoes. Especially in my house.
Ground beef & turkey is great for groceries on a budget. Then top it off with some carrots (cheeeeeap!) and some mashed potatoes (super cheeeeap!) and you've got a rib-stickin meal for nota-lota moolah!

I realize that this is not traditional Shepard's Pie- I have had the real deal when I was in England, but I think this one is pretty darn close for me being not British 
:-)



Sorta Shepard's Pie
serves 8 (or 4, whatevs)

1lb lean ground beef
1 lb lean ground turkey
several tbs of garlic powder (to taste)
several tbs of onion powder (to taste)
3 large carrots (washed, or peeled)
Potato flakes (enough for 8 servings)
+milk, water, butter
Handfull of cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425*
If you're Rachael Ray or have 3 sets of hands you can do this all at once, otherwise start with the carrots.
Chop the carrots and throw them into a pot of water. Boil until al dente- you don't want to boil all of the vitamins out of them. Drain, mash and set aside. Saute the ground beef and turkey with the garlic powder and onion powder. Make the potatoes according to directions. Once mixed, fold in some shredded cheese.
Layer meat, then carrots, then spread the potatoes on top in a 9x13" pan. Sprinkle some cheese on top of potatoes if desired- and you will desire it. Throw in the oven for about 20mins- even thought everything is technically cooked already please don't skip this step! Once the top of the potatoes are brown and the side are all bubbly it's ready to come out for a cool down.

*If you like peas, do it. Thrown them in with the mashed carrots. You could also throw in some pearl onions, if you wanna get crazy.