Hot Mess Chef Shepherd’s Pie


1 lb lean ground beef

1 can corn

½ bag baby carrots

1 can green beens

1 jar brown gravy

2 cups shredded cheese

Mashed potatoes (either 8 servings worth if you’re using a box or 5-6 potatoes)


Grab bottle of wine.


When the meat is almost cooked, add chopped up carrots, green beans and corn.

Let veggies cook with the beef until the carrots are a little softer.

Pour everything into 9X13 glass baking dish.

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TRY your DAMNEST to not shame your husband because he tried to carry too much inside at one time and ended up dropping the jar of gravy you bought right before you needed it.

Open bottle of wine.


Then, try not to shriek with rage when it takes him more than five minutes to clean up the glass/gravy mixture, causing you to have to keep your inquisitive baby out of the hall way.

Pour glass of wine.


Try not to murder husband when he suggests that someone should vaccum the carpet surrounding the tile hall way incase glass happened to have flown deep into the carpet fibers. Go get the vaccum silently, because you KNOW he will make this simple task take much longer than it should.

Drink wine.

Take mashed potatoes and cover the beef-veggies mixture. (Like frosting a cake).


Poke holes in mashed potatoes (maybe like five holes…I don’t know your life. It doesn’t matter how many.) and pour gravy over mashed potatoes. You can use a jar of gravy, I obviously was not able to because a certain HUSBAND broke the jar. My go-to gravy is 1 packet of onion soup mix, 2 cups of water and 1 tbs of flour to thicken it up. Fortunately, I had a packet of instant brown gravy in my pantry and I just used that.


Top with however much cheese you choose. I accidentally did an entire block because I was grating and Facebooking (which is dangerous) and no one complained.

Bake at 425 until the cheese is a little browned. Everything is already cooked so time doesn’t really matter but you want to make sure the cheese is super melty and wonderful. Which it will be.


I have no idea how long this will take. I have never timed it. I would say check every 5-10 minutes or so…it shouldn’t take more than 30 mins. I think. I actually have no idea.

While that is baking, prepare your side dishes.


I decided to use my TOP SECRET Cheesy Texas Toast recipe. Handed down through the generations, I can’t share the recipe with you here. It is…precious to me….(shameless LOTR reference…if you don’t get it don’t google it. You are already too far-gone.)

Serve and enjoy!


*this is a good time for a passive aggressive dig about gravy/vaccuming/idiocy.

**no photos were taken of the gravy jar because I was trying too hard to keep my mouth shut…there was no way I could’ve done that AND photographed the scene.

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