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Ghostly Shepherd's Pie

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Submitted By: Hauntmistress
On: 10/06/2002 02:42 PM

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 55 Minutes
Occasion: Halloween
Effort: Easy

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 med. onion, coarsely chopped

2 1/2 cups Green Giant Frozen Mixed Vegetables

1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, undrained

1 (12 oz.) jar home-style beef gravy

1 3/4 cups water

2 tbs. butter

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 cup milk

2 1/4 cups mashed potato flakes

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 egg, slightly beaten

How to Prepare:

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add ground beef and onion; cook until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain.

Set aside 12 peas for garnish. Add remaining frozen vegetables, tomatoes and gravy; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 8 - 10 min. or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, in med. saucepan, bring water, butter and garlic powder to a boil. Remove from heat; add milk. Stir in potato flakes and cheese. Add egg; blend well.

Spoon ground beef mixture into ungreased 8 in. square (2 qt.) or oval (2 1/2 qt.) glass baking dish. With large spoon, make 6 mounds of potato mixture on top of beef mixture to resemble ghosts. Place 2 reserved peas on each mound to resemble eyes.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 - 25 min. or until potatoes are set and mixture is thoroughly heated.
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