Monday, February 22, 2010

Aaron's idiot-proof shepherd's pie: a recipe

I just made this recipe for dinner tonight. I make it about once every two weeks or so, because it's really easy, cheap, and it's impossible to mess up. In fact, it's so simple that after making it only once, I've been able to make it from memory every time afterward without referring to the original recipe.

You will need:
1 package instant mash potatoes
1 pound of ground beef
1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 can (14.5 oz) mixed vegetables
1 package of shredded cheese
1 onion

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Chop the onion. Brown it and the ground beef in a large skillet. I like to season it with worchestershire and garlic powder, and whatever else is in my cabinets.
3. While it's browning, cook the instant potatoes in a separate pot. The amount you use should make 2 cups when finished (base your serving size on this).
4. When the onion and beef and fully browned, dump the cream of mushroom soup (do NOT add water to it first) and the vegetables (drain off any water first) into the skillet as well. Mix them together throughly.
5. Dump the skillet mixture into a medium casserole dish.
6. Spread the mashed potatoes over the mixture in the casserole dish. Spreading it thoroughly is by far the hardest part. Luckily, it's not essential to spread it perfectly.
7. Sprinkle the cheese over the potatoes
8. Put the whole kitten-kaboodle into the oven 30 minutes, until the potatoes are brown and the cheese is bubbly.

Awww yeah.

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