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Simply Shepherd’s Pie
Even though this type of dish is not in the rice or breakfast category, it is an ideal meal that doesn't require much work or much thought (Yes!) The fun part is mixing and matching whatever combinations you like. The whole point is to layer and bake!
Examples of Ingredients to layer:
Vegetables- You can use any type really. I use whatever I have. Here are some ideas (Although I probably wouldn't put all of them together, just mix some of them):
*Note: Saute and mix all of your vegetables before you place them in the cooking pan for fast baking.
Meats or Beans- If you don't have any meat, you can use beans for a more Mexican style or vegetarian.
Hamburger (Traditional and most commonly used)
Shredded or Chopped Steak, Chicken, or Pork.
*Note: Cook all of your meat or beans before adding these to the cooking pan.
You can season the meat or beans with sauce packets or your favorite seasonings making them spicy, sweet, or plain. I like to use brown gravy with meat but, you can use any type of gravy or you can make your own sauce.
*Note: Make sauce before covering meat and veggies.
Mashed Potatoes or Rice
You can cover up your shepherd's pie with pre-made mashed potatoes (instant works too). Or, you can even use steamed rice.
Generally you use a variety of cheeses that melt on top as it bakes, other things people have tried are bread crumbs and more seasonings.
Directions in Six Simple Steps:
1- Layer Veggies (or Meat) on the bottom of a deep cooking pan. I use a 9x13 cake pan.
2- Add Meat (or Veggies) as the next layer
3- Add Sauce or gravy
4- Add top layer with mashed potatoes or rice
5- Top with Shredded Cheeses.
6- Bake: If everything is pre-cooked, you only have to bake for up to 30 min (plus or minus) at 350 degrees.