Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids and one lazy dog, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Shepherd's Pie

This Shepherd's Pie is easy and super filling!

Prep Time 10 min., Total time 30 min. Serves 6.

For this recipe you will need:
  • 2 cups hot mashed potatoes (3-4 medium/large potatoes)
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
  • 1 cup beef gravy (about a 10 1/4 oz can)
  • Optional: This recipe is produces a mild flavored shepherd's pie. I like to add some garlic and black pepper to spice up the meat mixture.

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain any grease.
2. Mix mashed potatoes, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, garlic, and cream cheese until well blended.
3. Add the vegetables and gravy to the meat. Stir.
4. Place meat/vegetable mix in a 9 inch square baking dish.
5. Cover with potato mixture and sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.
6. Bake 20 minutes (or until heated all the way through).

(DM Tip: If you use instant mashed potatoes, do not add the milk. That way when the cream cheese is added, the potatoes will remain fluffy.)

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