Upside Down Shepherd’s Pie: Truly a Comfort Food.
I have taken this recipe to many people over the years who have needed a meal for whatever reason. The results are always the same… a heart-warming thank you for the enjoyment this tasty meal in one pan gave them, and a request for the recipe.
Note: I never just make one pan of this recipe, I double and triple the recipe as it freezes extremely well and can be brought out when needed.
Boil and mash 4 large potatoes as you would mash potatoes with milk and butter added. Press these in the bottom of a 9×9 casserole dish or pan.
Peel and slice 2 large carrots and cook until tender crisp.
Cook ½ cup frozen peas and ½ cup frozen corn
Layer all veggies on top of mashed potatoes
Brown 1 pound lean ground beef and drain (You may add 1 chopped onion if you like onion, sauté with ground beef)
1 teaspoon salt or seasoning salt (Not both)
¼ teaspoon pepper
I teaspoon thyme.
Put back on heat and add one cup prepared gravy mix and stir until thickened, or 1 cup beef consommé with 1 Tbsp of cornstarch to thicken (you want the nice consistency of gravy.)
Layer this on top of veggies.
Add a generous topping of any grated cheese you like. I usually combine Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Parmesan, but really anything works.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
Enjoy this truly amazing comfort food with a bun and pickles, or any salad.
NOTE: I asked Blossom at what stage in the preparation you should freeze the pie and if it needed thawing before cooking after freezing. Here’s what she said:
“It can be frozen right after it is layered and the cheese is put on top, before putting into oven.
If brought out, yes, it’s best to thaw for the day. If I know I’m having company, I just bring it out in the morning and let thaw at room temperature and pop in the oven by evening. Cooking time will be a bit longer…you will know when it is done by having bubbly golden cheese all over.”
I also suspect you could thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring out shortly before popping in the oven. Baking time will depend on how thawed the dish is.
While you’re waiting for the Shepherd’s pie to bake check out this great summertime read: Katherine’s Arrangement, the first book in Blossom Turner’s 5 book series. available August 4.
Inspirational historical romance at its best.
Marrying him is her only choice to save her family,
but Josiah Richardson isn’t at all the man she expected.
Katherine William’s family was left destitute when their home was burned to the ground by Yankee soldiers, so the ready solution presented by the prominent Mr. Josiah Richardson seems almost too good to believe. He’ll provide a home, work for her pa, and a new beginning for her family…if only Katherine will accept his proposal.
A marriage of convenience is the last thing she wants, but there doesn’t seem to be a better option for her family or herself. Setting aside her dreams of love, Katherine agrees to the arrangement.
The gentleman in Josiah Richardson can no more force his frightened bride into his bed, than he can force her into loving him, so he sets out to gently woo her. He works hard to befriend her, to earn her trust and win her love.
Katherine is pleasantly surprised to find herself drawn to the man she thought she would never love, until an unexpected friendship tears apart all they’ve worked for. Where once the promise of love had budded between Josiah and Katherine, now they wonder what to do with their so-called marriage. Is love strong enough to weave its healing power through two broken hearts?
About the Author:
Blossom Turner is a free-lance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, avid blogger and novelist. She lives in a four-season playground in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, with gardening at the top of her enjoyment list. She has a passion for women’s ministry teaching Bible studies and public speaking, but having coffee and sharing God’s hope with a hurting soul trumps all. She lives with her husband, David, of thirty-eight years. Blossom loves to hear from her readers. Visit her at https://blossomturner.com and subscribe to her quarterly newsletter. Don’t miss Blossom’s other book, a contemporary romance, Anna’s Secret. A Word Guild semi-finalist.
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