Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
40 Mins
Stand Time
5 Mins
Yield
Makes 8 servings

This potato-topped shepherd’s pie gets extra flavor from the cheese and carrots that are added to the mashed potato crust. You can take a shortcut with the crust because the recipe calls for frozen mashed potatoes. There's a reason this comfort dish has remained a classic Southern staple. With its layers of beef, veggies, and mashed potatoes, it utilizes great flavors and gives off a warm, homey aroma that's enough to make everyone gather around the dinner table in no time! Everyone in the family will want seconds. This is the perfect make-ahead recipe because it can freeze for up to one month. That's 55 minutes well-spent. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Brown beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Remove ground beef from skillet using a slotted spoon; reserve 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Reduce heat to medium.

Step 2

Sauté onion, mushrooms, and garlic in hot drippings over medium heat 10 to 11 minutes or until tender. Stir in ground beef, peas, and next 4 ingredients. Sprinkle flour over meat mixture. Increase heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, bay leaf, and vinegar, breaking up large tomato pieces with a spoon. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring often, 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove bay leaf. Transfer mixture to a lightly greased 3-qt. baking dish or pan. Spoon Cheese-and-Carrot Mashed Potatoes evenly over meat mixture, smoothing with back of spoon.

Step 3

Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Step 4

Note: To make ahead, prepare recipe as directed through Step Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator 24 hours. Bake at 400° for 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated, shielding with aluminum foil after 25 minutes to prevent excessive browning.

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