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Every year when the leaves begin to change, the wind becomes a bit cooler and I break out my hoodies and jeans, I start dreaming of spending Sunday afternoons in my kitchen whipping up some of the tastiest recipes I have!
Of course, there are TONS of baking options, but what about those oven-baked dishes that we can't create during the summer months because turning the oven on would mean making our homes a sweltering sweat box?! I know, I stay away from oven-baked dinners all summer too! That's what the grills for, right!
Just as my excitement churns in the spring to break out the grill, I'm also eager to break out my bakeware and casserole dishes in the fall! There's nothing like some home-baked goodness at the dinner table when the sun sets much sooner than it's supposed to.
One of my fall favorite, comfort food dishes that my family loves is my Sheppard's Pie with a Cheesy Twist! Sheppard's pie has got to be one of the simplest, easiest and fairly inexpensive dishes to make. So why am I sharing this recipe with you? Because I've tweaked my Mother's recipe a thousand times over the years, looking for the perfect twist to create a tasty dish that everyone looks forward too! Instead of hearing “Sheppard's Pie again, ugh” I hear “Mom made Sheppard's Pie! Yeah!”
Don't let the title fool you, this is amazing, tasty and you'll love it – I promise!
Here's What You'll Need:
- 1 – 2 pounds ground beef (depending on the size, usually I go 1.5 pounds)
- 6-8 Medium sized potatoes, peeled & diced into 1″ thick cubes (definitely don't cut corners on the potato front, real potatoes are the way to go in this case)
- 1/2 Stick of Butter (don't use margarine, use real butter, it adds to the flavor)
- 1/4 – 1/2 Cup of Milk (I use 2%, but feel free to use the brand or type you like best)
- 1-1 1/2 Cups of Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
- 1- Can Cream style corn
- 1- Can Corn (regular, non-creamed style)
- Seasonings including: salt, pepper, garlic salt, onion powder
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees (F)
Boil your peeled and diced potatoes until easily pierced with fork
Brown your ground beef, until cooked. Add garlic salt and onion powder to ground beef while it's cooking to add flavor (about 1-tsp of each, depending on how flavorful you like it)
Once potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, drain, and mash with a potato masher or electric beater.
Add 1/2 stick of butter and 1/4-1/2 cup of milk. Blend well to create “mashed potatoes”
add 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and stir until mixed well. Set aside
When your ground beef is done, drain and spread evenly across the bottom of glass baking dish, or oven safe casserole dish.
Layer on top of ground beef one can of creamed style corn, and one can of regular corn (be sure to drain water from the regular corn).
Spread 1-cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the top of your beef and corn layers (maybe even 1 & 1/2 cups depending on the size of your casserole dish, be sure it's covered completely)
Evenly spread Mashed potato mixture on top of the ground beef, corn, and shredded cheese
Add salt and pepper, and place in preheated 375-degree oven; bake 30-45 minutes, or until bubbly around the edges
Let cool at least 10-minutes before serving and ENJOY!
You can use any type of cheese you desire if you don't like cheddar. Personally, I think cheddar adds just the right amount of bang to your bite!
I've included a few recommendations of items to purchase for the oven use season and creating this perfect Sheppard's Pie with a Cheesy Twist recipe below! I love Pyrex glass baking dishes, personally! I have a couple that come with covers (see link below to Amazon) they make clean up super easy, simply put the cover on and pop it in the fridge! This helps with keeping leftovers fresh too! This is one of those dishes you'll definitely want to save leftovers for!
Also, there's no better way to make mashed potatoes than by using an electric mixer! It makes them smooth, not lumpy, and nice and creamy! Just the way mashed potatoes are meant to be! I've included an Amazon link below for this as well.
Please feel free to leave a review if you tried this Sheppard's Pie with a Cheesy Twist recipe I've shared with you! I'd love to hear about ways you spice up your Sheppard's Pie dish too!