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there are a few things i like to toss together that aren’t gourmet, don’t take much effort at all, and make erik devour them like a starving man who hasn’t eaten in 6 days. these “recipes” usually use up ground beef that’s been stuck inside the freezer and forgotten (sorry, hamburger. don’t take it personal). this super easy and quick version of Shepard’s Pie is a good dish to have if you’ve got a pile of leftover mashed potatoes from a fancier Sunday supper. I don’t like it, personally, but as long as Erik will eat it and be satisfied, I don’t care. I’ll eat frozen waffles or (my favorite) Gorton’s frozen fish sticks, instead. I’m a major foodie and I have worked hard to cultivate a nice palate, and i’ll still take a frozen corn dog or a fish sticks and be happy … anyway, on to Shepard’s Pie …

You need:
ground beef
finely chopped onion
salt and pepper
frozen mixed vegetables (the kind with corn, peas, and lima beans)
leftover mashed potatoes (i had at least 2 cups worth)
1 egg
shredded cheddar

Cook the hamburger with the onion. Salt and pepper it. After it’s done, add in the frozen vegetables (measure according to what you like – i used 1/2 a regular sized package because erik really likes the vegetables). Let the veg heat through. Remove from heat, pour into a baking dish. Top with the potatoes. Bake in a 375-400 oven until the potatoes are lightly browned around the edges and look pretty done. You’ll know. Sprinkle the cheese on top, back to the oven to melt the cheese. Erik swears it’s delicious. I’ll keep taking his word for it.  

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