Monday, September 10, 2007

Cheater Shepherd's for the soul

I’m all about being real. I don’t like deception but every once in a while, it’s a girl’s best friend in the kitchen. When I was a stressed out working mom I fooled many a member of my family with this recipe. It’s Cheater Shepherd’s Pie and it tastes great. Your family will think that you slaved a good while in the kitchen preparing this delight. Its good old meat, potatoes and veggies and what man doesn’t love all that. However, a man will absolutely detest it if he knows it takes less than an hour to prepare. So, its essential that we keep the ease of preparation to ourselves. That being the case, we are ready to begin. The following recipe will feed a family of four. You will need 1 pound of ground chuck, your favorite brand of instant mashed potatoes (the taste of instant potatoes can be vastly improved by adding some MSG to the recipe as you make them – remember this) and 3 normal sized cans of regular Campbell’s vegetable soup (the alphabet kind, not the beef one). THAT’S IT. Now…break up and brown the ground chuck in a large pan, drain it, add the 3 cans of soup (undiluted) and a half “soup can” of water (more or less to taste), mix well and while its on simmer, make up enough mashed potatoes for your family. Now you can be fancy and put the meat mixture in a casserole dish and then top it with the mashed potatoes and put it in a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes….or you can just dish it up from the pans you fixed it in. Put the potatoes on each individual plate and top with the meat mixture. This is so so good. Yummy. Try it..…your kids will love you for it. You will love that your hubby thinks you spent a lot of time fixing it. If you use paper plates, your clean up is two pans. Yippee.

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