Ok, shepherds pie is one of those things that you ask for a recipe, and 10 different people will give you 10 different recipes. So this is ONE version of shepherds pie. Actually...if you want to get technical about it, its a version of cottage pie. Shepherds pie actually uses lamb, and I just haven't gone there yet.
This makes a LOT but its good leftovers and cheap. You will need a bigger pan than a 9x13. A lasagna pan would be great, or split it between 2 smaller pans.
Sherri's Easy Shepherds Pie
3 pounds gold potatoes, cubed (peel if desire. I never do with golds)
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup milk
1 lb lean burger
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 BIG cans french style green beans
2 cans diced tomatoes (I prefer the petite cut for this)
1 regular (14-16oz??) can tomato sauce
1 small (8oz?) can tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Place potatoes in cold water. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer. Cook to fork tender. Drain.
Mash hot potatoes with butter, milk, and salt and pepper.
Brown burger, onion, and garlic until burger is cooked through. Drain if needed.
Mix burger with tomatoes, green beans, and tomato sauce. Add salt and pepper if needed.
Place burger mix in the bottom of the baking pan. Place glops of mashed potatoes on top and smooth down. Top with cheese.
Cover with foil and cook at 375 until heated through and bubbly. About 30 minutes. Take off foil and let cheese melt