Here we are, cruising right into 2022. Dan and I took down the tree and packed away all of the Christmas decorations yesterday.
With Dan home for a few days and nights, it would seem our critters have retired to the basement to hibernate, or whatever it is that critters do when they feel unwelcome. At any rate there is no sign of them upstairs or down for the past couple of days. We still have a multitude of electronic and sticky traps about the place. So far the only thing to get stuck on any of the sticky traps was one small hairy dog.
After the packing up and housecleaning and laundry was done last night, we decided on a quick and easy basic comfort food supper. Shepherd’s Pie it was.
- (Working Mom’s) Shepherd’s Pie
- Brown one pound ground beef. Add one red onion, one shallot, two small cloves of finely chopped garlic, half a red pepper and a few sliced mushrooms. Cook until vegetables are tender. Add one can of Swiss Chalet beef gravy. Stir and simmer for a few minutes.
- Make four servings of Idahoan mashed potatoes as per instructions on box. When ready, mix in one quarter of a cup of grated cheddar cheese.
- Spread meat mixture in buttered casserole dish
- Cover with one can of niblets corn
- Cover with mashed potatoes. Top with bits of butter and a sprinkle of paprika.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for one hour or until browned and bubbly
I used to make Shepherd’s pie with fresh mashed potatoes and homemade gravy, but this is quicker and easier. If you served them side by side, people would notice the difference, but honestly if this is the only option, most people will think it is real deal.
That is it for today. Take care and have a great day!