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Shepherd's Pie - Simple Comfort food.

Today I want to share with you something that I have known how to make for years. It was a cold weather staple in my childhood home. The best thing for the cold weather is yummy food. My mama taught me how to make this dish when I was 9 years old. It is one of my 13 year old son's favorite. It is simple comfort food. I bet you have all the ingredients sitting in your pantry right now.

So let's start....

First you need to put your choice of oil in a fry pan. I use avocado oil and cook with cast iron. To this you add your onion, celery and garlic. Sauté until the onions are just about translucent. Add the ground meat and brown it. We used any red meat (beef, lamb, venison or moose) you can use turkey or chicken as well you'll just need to change the soup you add to compliment those.

Once that's done you can set it off to the side while the rest of everything is finishing.

For the potatoes... I rarely peel the skins off. But you can do what ever way you wish. When I feel like making the potatoes light and melt in your mouth yummy I will peel and then whip them with my hand mixer. They get super fluffy. But for this meal I just chose to 'smash" my potatoes. They still have their skins on so it adds a great flavor and texture.

After your done getting your potatoes ready set them aside. Now it's time to start putting things together.

Grab your frozen mixed veggies and a can of cream soup. For the red meats we use cream of mushroom. But you can use any cream soup that you like. In a good size bowl put the soup, veggies and browned meat and stir to combine. Once it gets all combined add it to your casserole dish. The one used is 9x13.

Once that's in the pan add your potatoes to the top. I have found the best way to spread the potatoes is to use a fork. Spread out the potatoes evenly add some seasoning (salt and pepper or paprika). Put in a 350* oven for 30 -45 minutes until the top is browned.

Dig in and Serve! It is a super simple meal that is just wonderful on a cold winter's night or to have in the freezer for those nights where you just don't have the energy to make supper.

By clicking the link below you will have access to the Google doc file of the recipe that you can save or print off.

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