Speedy Shepherd's Pie- Taste of Home 100 Family Meals cookbook

How often does your family eat meals together?  My husband worked second shift for over a decade, and it was a rare occasion for us all to sit down at the same time and eat.    Once he went to a better schedule, mealtime moved back to the table.   This past fall, we bought a house, and in the chaos of moving, we drifted away again.    Son likes to eat in front of the computer or phone, husband in front of the tv.   I'm guilty too, sometimes the jigsaw puzzle I'm working on can render the dining room table unusable for days.

Looking for inspiration, I turned to Taste of Home's 100 Family Meals.  As you can see by the number of pages I marked, there's lots to be found! There are suggestions for entire meals, complete with a list of groceries you need.    It's well categorized for easy mixing and matching too.  
   

The first recipe I chose was Speedy Shepherd's Pie.    It's a fun twist on the traditional version, using taco seasoned meat as the base.    I use mild seasoning because that's what my family prefers.   If you aren't a fan of the prepackaged stuff, Taste of Home has a recipe for homemade that is fantastic.   I also used 2 tablespoons of minced dried onion instead of fresh.   This was a risky one where my son is concerned, he's flipflopped on whether or not he likes mashed potatoes several times over the years.   Once I told him there was cheese in them, he was in.   He gave this a two thumbs up, my husband went back for seconds.   Leftovers reheated well the next day.   It would be easy to make up the meat mixture and freeze it for a future meal as well.    Thank you Sharon T, for sharing your recipe!



                     
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                          Speedy Shepherd's Pie


  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  1 1/2         pounds  ground beef
  1             medium  onion -- chopped- 2T minced dried onion
  2                     garlic cloves -- minced
     1/2           cup  water
  1           envelope  taco seasoning- used mild
  2 cups  shredded cheddar cheese -- (8 ounces) divided
  3 cups  leftover or refrigerated mashed potatoes -- warmed, used sour cream and chive flavor

Preheat broiler. In a large ovenproof skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in water and taco seasoning; heat through. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Remove from heat.  (I moved the meat mixture to a casserole dish at this point so it would be easier to store the leftovers)

In a bowl, mix mashed potatoes and remaining cheese; spread over beef mixture. Broil 4-6 in. from heat 5-6 minutes or until top is golden brown. Yield: 4 servings.

Source: Taste of Home 100 Family Meals
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/speedy-shepherd-s-pie





Shared at The Weekend Potluck #261





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