Thursdays Are For Cooking

| April 9, 2020

Baby red potatoes

This one is quick and easy to do, and uses your crockpot, which takes the burden of watching the oven timer off of you.

Shepherd’s Pie in the Crockpot:


1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef

1 can (10.75 oz) condensed tomato soup

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

NOTE: You can substitute your choice of Mrs. Dash seasonings for salt and pepper here, if you’re on a low-salt diet.

1 bag (11 oz) frozen vegetables (peas and carrots and chopped onion are good here!)

4 cups of water

6 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine

1 ½ cups milk

2 pouches (4.7 oz each) Betty Crocker™ Homestyle creamy butter mashed potatoes

Chopped fresh herbs, if desired

Sprinkle a little paprika on the mashed taters to give it some color, too.


1 – In a 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned; drain. Stir in soup, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Spread mixture evenly in bottom of 6-quart slow cooker. Top evenly with frozen vegetables.

2 – In a 2-quart saucepan, heat water and butter to a rapid boil. Remove from heat; stir in milk and dry potatoes until just combined. Let stand 1 minute, then stir again. Spread evenly over top of vegetables in the slow cooker. (Just follow the package directions, and season it according to your taste, if you like.)

3 – Cover and cook on LOW heat setting 4 to 5 hours or until warm and vegetables are cooked through.

4 – Serve warm sprinkled with herbs.  Add some good crusty bread, a side dish of cut-up veggies, and your preferred beverage, and tuck in! And remember – dessert is one of the major food groups required to make you a Happy Camper!

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Num num num. Remember this one quite well, MiLady. Always a good crockett pot recipe, and now, what with the hot weather rapidly approaching, I will be expanding my social distancing to include the oven part of my stove. Any oven work will be ongoing either after 2200hrs or before 0600hrs. Can’t remember if it was the version or the chicken flavored one I sent the Daddy’s Darling Dumplin’ Daughter last week, so I’ll resend. We’ve made this one on several occasions. Always good and raved over.

    Apple pie or peach cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream is always an appropriate dessert.


  2. OWB says:

    Sounds good, and probably would look good, too.

    Picked up some veg this week and plan on doing a crockpot roast. That should keep everyone happy for a while. May do what mom used to do – convert the last dregs of the beef roast into veggie soup. Yeah. That’s sounds right. Just skim off most of the fat (if there is enough to do so), add more veggies, then cook it all in the same crockpot until done. (Can you tell that nobody likes doing dishes around here and will do just about anything to avoid washing up more than one pan?)

  3. Wilted Willy says:

    As always Ex, you have made me drool once again! I can’t wait to have my wife make this one for us!!! Thanks again my Dear!!!!

  4. AW1Ed says:

    Thanks Ex, another winner. Easy comfort food is always welcome from both the cook’s and diner’s views.