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September 19, 2013

Easy Shepherd's Pie

Hearty, vegetable loaded Shepherd's Pie is comfort food !

Sometimes simple, plain old-fashioned food is all we need on a chilly evening.  Shepherd's Pie, also known as, Cottage Pie, is comfort food at it's best.

Strange thing is, we are a bilingual family, English and Afrikaans and when I speak English I would refer to a "Cottage Pie", but when I speak Afrikaans it is a "Herders Pastei", which literally means "Shepherd's Pie" !

But since I see Shepherd's Pie is the more popular (preferred?) name for this recipe, we will stick to a Shepherd's Pie.

Hearty, vegetable loaded Shepherd's Pie is comfort food !

I have been making this simple Shepherd's Pie for decades now, changing up the vegetables as to what I have on hand. Leftover raw or frozen vegetables from a previous dish come in very handy, as you only need a little of each.

Serve with a salad or two (or one or two vegetable sides) and dinner is ready.

I like a thick layer of mashed potatoes, therefore no dinner rolls, but if the potato layer is, for some reason, thinnish you might want to "starch" it up by adding a roll or two.

Hearty, vegetable loaded Shepherd's Pie is comfort food !

My family would never say no to Shepherd's Pie - we all love it and it is such a versatile recipe, mine is rarely exactly the same. Use vegetables you have in the refrigerator or even canned for when you are in a hurry.

This is one of my many versions, (most preferred by us though) and I think the most popular as I usually have everything on hand. Frozen Corn and Peas - always in the freezer!

Hearty, vegetable loaded filling :

Hearty, vegetable loaded Shepherd's Pie is comfort food !  (Filling)


Remember, you can always add more vegetables if you prefer, or change with whatever you have on hand.



Easy Shepherd's PieHearty, vegetable loaded Shepherd's Pie is comfort food !


Remove from the oven - let stand for 5 minutes - slice and serve.

LINDA

Hearty, vegetable loaded Shepherd's Pie is comfort food !

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