Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Comfort Food- Pseudo Shepherd's Pie

I have had a few requests for easy meals to make after a busy day. This one is just the trick to fill a hungry belly and give you that warm and fuzzy feeling we seek when craving comfort food. Growing up we just called it Hamburger Green Bean Casserole- I have no idea where this recipe originated. My mom said that my grandma used to make it all the time when she was growing up. There are many variations on Shepherd's Pie but this one is great for its simplicity.

Grandma Heather's Hamburger Green Bean Casserole:

1lb ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 can cut green beans
2 cans tomato soup
3 russet potatoes
1/4 c milk
1 tbs butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1) Peel and quarter potatoes and boil until tender
2) Brown hamburger with diced onion, drain fat, season with salt & pepper
3) Add tomato soup, green beans, and mix
4) Mash potatoes with milk and butter, add 1 cup shredded cheese
5) In a casserole dish, pour in hamburger mixture, top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle remaining cheese
6) Bake for 30 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned

* I recommend placing a cookie sheet underneath the casserole in the oven as it has a tendency to boil over

This may sound like kind of a strange recipe but I encourage you to try it out!


Hillary said...

I think my mom used to make something like this when we were little, too. I'll definitely give it a try. I think Morgan will love it!

laura said...

man, thats a secret family recipe! And so darn good!!!!yum, maybe I will have to whip up a batch tomorrow...

Emily said...

Mmm, now you have me craving green beans. This sounds really good!