Monday, February 26, 2018

Shepherd's Pie

And here's a recipe for Shepherd's Pie! Have I mentioned most of my recipes recently have come from 101 Things To Do With A Slow Cooker? I've only got about 10 more recipes to go, before I've tried all the recipes I highlighted in the book.

1 pound ground beef, cooked
1 can tomato soup
1 can corn
1 can green beans
1/2 teaspoon basil
2 cups instant mashed potatoes
2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Mix the first five ingredients together and put in a slow cooker. Spread mashed potatoes on top. That will serve as the top of the pie, since we're not actually making a pie crust or anything. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. In the last hour, put the cheese on top. The recipe ended up okay, although my wife says real shepherd's pie isn't so heavy on corn. So maybe you should go with a smaller can of corn.

Also, someone suggested making mushroom soup last week. I went looking for all the ingredients at the store, but I couldn't find cream. I also couldn't find the alternate ingredient, which is evaporated milk. I feel dumb now, just like I did when they rearranged the meat section of our grocery, and I was unable to find any chicken. My wife says I should check the soup section for those items, but for this week, I was forced to get a frozen family-sized meal as a replacement. Frozen meals always make quick, easy replacements when I can't find an ingredient.


Anonymous said...

Evaporated milk is typically next to condensed milk which is usually found in the baking section (think the flour, sugar, baking soda aisle) because condensed milk is usually used in desserts. So try the baking aisle for evaporated milk?

For cream, they probably meant heavy whipping cream which is found in the section where you’d buy regular milk, half-n-half, etc.

Anonymous said...

Just ask a store employee where something is if you can’t find it. Grocery stores can sometimes be nonsensical with their product placement.

Anonymous said...

cream is usually in the refrigerated milk section (double cream is best for soup, but single cream will also work), it will come in a little carton. You could also use half and half for the soup if you cant find cream. Half and half will be a lighter soup and less calories. Just make sure when you make the soup, you put the cream in at the very end, after removing the pot from the heat. You can warm it on heat at a low flame, but dont let it boil, or the cream could curdle.

Also for recipes that call for tomato soup, you could substitute a can of crushed tomatoes, it will be healthier and probably tastier! (if you like sometimes they also have crushed tomotes with italian seasoning in it like oregano or basil)