Happen to have two cups of leftover mashed potatoes lying around? Then it's time to make a shepherd's pie and this is an easy one. Thrifty too.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup brown gravy
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
2 cups mashed potatoes
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (optional)
In a large heavy skillet brown beef and drain any fat. Add gravy and vegetables and simmer ten minutes. Pour mixture into a deep dish pie pan. Cover with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake in 350° oven for 30 minutes or microwave on high for 5 to 10 minutes.
I like to warm the potatoes in the microwave and add a little milk to loosen them up a bit so they are easier to spread. I also like to use a gravy packet mixed with a cup of cold water if I don't happen have any left over.
I bake mine in the microwave so it is easy for me to get this meal on the table in less than 30 minutes. My kids love it too.