Pantry Shepherd's Pie

Marcia McCance


There seems to be a hundred different ways to make shepherd's pie. This is the way my Mom taught my sister and me to make it.

I called it "pantry" because you can throw this together with whatever you have in the pantry or larder. It is quick, easy, impressive, and satisfying.

We used biscuits for the top, but many people use mashed potatoes.

I could not find a picture even remotely similar so I just used what I could find - with various toppings.

Thought I would post it before the weather gets too warm because this is definitely a cold weather dish. Warm and comforting.

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1 lb
hamburger (or turkey, or chicken, or sausage, or tuna, whatever)
med onion, chopped
2 c
mixed veggies (your choice)
1 can(s)
cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 can(s)
buttermilk biscuits (or any kind)
to taste
salt and pepper
to taste
garlic powder, or any seasoning you like -- i like tones curry powder

Directions Step-By-Step

Saute the onion.
Add the ground beef and seasonings then lightly brown (no pink, but not over done)
Add the mixed veggies (traditional: peas, carrots, green beans, corn, etc. -- or whatever you like or have on hand from zucchini to broccoli or anything in between) -- can add more seasonings at this point if you like
Cook until veggies are done to your liking
Stir in a can of cream of mushroom soup (or any creamed soup that you like: cheese, celery, etc.) (If you don't have that you can use sour cream and shredded cheese, or cottage cheese, or whatever you think will work to make a thick gravy-like consistency -- even canned or homemade gravy, or marinara sauce.)
Place all in a 9x13 casserole and open the biscuits and place them on top

Bake 350 F till the biscuits are golden brown (or follow package instructions).
You can also top with any one of the following:
A. Bisquick drop biscuits, or make a batter and spread it on top (drop is easier)
B. 2 cups of prepared mashed potatoes mixed with cheese (can be instant or homemade)
C. Pie/Pastry Dough rolled to fit the pan -- or placed on in pieces as you wish
D. Corn bread -- either Jiffy or home made
E. Mac and cheese -- any kind
F. Stuffing mix
G. Groutons
H. Slices of Garlic bread
I. thawed hash browns or tater tots
Have at!!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Beef, Savory Pies
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy