Shepherd's Pie

Use frozen cooked ground beef and vegetables, along with pantry staples, and a hearty casserole is ready in no time.  


  • 2 cups frozen Make-Ahead Ground Beef or 1 pound lean (90%) ground beef (see Cook's Tip)
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1   garlic clove, pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups frozen vegetable blend such as mixed vegetables or peas and carrots
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) beef gravy
  • 4 servings (about 2 cups) hot prepared instant mashed potatoes (plus ingredients to make potatoes)
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (1/2 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Open seal of freezer bag containing ground beef 1 inch to vent. Place bag in microwave oven. Microwave on DEFROST (30% power) 5-7 minutes or until beef is thawed. 

  2. Chop onion using Food Chopper. Heat oil in (12-in.) Skillet over medium heat 1-3 minutes or until shimmering. Add onion and garlic pressed with Garlic Press. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Stir in ground beef and seasonings. Add vegetables and gravy to pan. Bring mixture to a boil; spoon into Oval Baker.  

  3. Prepare potatoes according to package microwave directions in Large Micro-Cooker®. Shred half of cheese over potatoes using Rotary Grater; mix lightly. Spoon potatoes into Easy Accent® Decorator fitted with open star tip. Pipe potatoes around edge of Baker over meat mixture.

  4. Bake 25-30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove Baker from oven. Shred remaining cheese over potatoes; let stand 5 minutes before serving.  


  • 4  servings

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 610, Fat 33 g, Sodium 1350 mg, Dietary Fiber 6 g

Cook's Tips:

If not using Make-Ahead Ground Beef, prepare recipe with 1 pound lean (90%) ground beef. Omit oil. Cook ground beef with onion and garlic in frying pan 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink; drain. Stir in seasonings and continue as recipe directs.  

It’s convenient to use the Medium Scoop to fill the Easy Accent® Decorator tube with mashed potatoes. The Easy Accent® Decorator comes with six different tips for decorating cakes and cookies with icing or pies and desserts with whipped topping. Use it to make fancy deviled eggs and party appetizers, too.

Cooked ground beef can be frozen for 2-3 months.

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