Traditional Shepherd's Pie

I love this dinner! It is such a classic COMFORT food, and really pretty SIMPLE to make. This version always just says HOME to me. (Sorry for the awful picture! I can't get my new camera to work very well with blogger!)

Traditional Shepherd's Pie
1 pound hamburger
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon pepper
1 can green beans, drained
1 small can mushrooms, drained
1 heaping cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup flour
1 cup milk (and more if needed)
1 to 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
2 to 3 cups mashed potatoes

In a large skillet, brown the hamburger with the onion, garlic, pepper, and salt; drain. Stir in all the veggies to combine. Sprinkle the flour over top and stir to coat. Pour milk over mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, and stir until a nice thick gravy forms. (You may need to add more, it just depends. The last time I made it, I probably ended up using 1 1/2 cups!) Pour mixture into a 2- to 3-quart glass baking dish and then top with desired amount of cheese. Spread the mashed potatoes over top and spread out to seal around the edges of the baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the potatoes have a nice golden color. Let stand about 5 minutes and then serve!

TIP: To simplify the gravy, try using a can of cream of mushroom soup thinned out a little with some milk. Or try using a can of tomato soup for a totally different taste! Also, you can use whatever vegetables you have on hand. Just use anywhere from 2 to 3 cups and you'll be good!  (Frozen peas and carrots are yummy too!).

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