Shepherd’s Pie: The Ultimate Comfort Food

Shepherd’s Pie is the ultimate comfort food and my kids love it! Recently, with the help of my Meal Organizer and the Family Meals Cookbook.  I have started to delegate making dinners to my teenage sons and my husband.  When the kids were little and we were renovating our house and both of us were working full-time, I took on the role of managing the house and the kids which involves quite a lot of work for 5 people over and above my full time job.  It occurred to me that the renovations are done, the kids are older, my husband and I are still working full time and I was still doing the lion’s share of the household work including shopping and cooking dinners 7 nights a week.  Not anymore…..For the past two months, the 3 kids and my husband have taken on cooking 1 meal per week.  It is working out fairly well  and we have started a fun little competition between the four of them about whose dinner is better.  (With 4 males, everything has to be a competiton LOL.)

One of their favorite dinners and reigning champ for this time of the year is Shepherd’s Pie.  Dinner is ready in 1/2 hour and the chef makes a small green salad while the dish is cooking. Here is the recipe from the Family Meals Cookbook.

Shepherd’s Pie
Serves 6


Potatoes, 6 large yellow

Milk, 1/4 cup

Garlic, 1 tsp minced

Onion, 1 finely chopped

Ground beef, 1 lb

Worcestershire sauce, Hot sauce, Pepper

Corn, 14 oz cream style

Corn, 1 cup frozen niblets



Peel and clean the potatoes and cook in boiling water, until just done. Do not overcook. Mash them with the milk and set aside. In a skillet, brown the meat with the onion and garlic until cooked.  Season the meat to taste with the sauces and pepper and lay in the bottom of a large baking dish. Heat both corns in a small saucepan and spread over meat.  Lay the mashed potatoes over the corn. Sprinkle with paprika.  Brown under the broiler until golden.


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