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June 21, 2011

Cassie's BBQ Beef Shepherd's Pie

You know the saying... "If it aint broke, don't fix it." Don't mess up a good thing. That's how I feel about Cassie's recipes. I pretty much want to try them all, and I usually don't have to make big, or in this case, ANY changes to them because her recipes are already spectacular as is. I like to tweak recipes a bit to make them more of my own... it makes me feel like I had some part in creating the recipe. But I find that I rarely have to do that with her recipes... it's like she's tailoring the recipe already for ME. But obviously not for me, we just have similar tastes in food I guess!

I don't know about you guys, but when I was younger and used to think of shepherd's pie, I didn't have pleasant thoughts. It was kind of like meatloaf in my mind, just not something I wanted to try. But then again, many things turned me off as a child. I'm amazed at what I thought I didn't like. I'm so glad that my taste buds have flourished and I am able to enjoy more foods now which I never would have liked or tried as a child. If my waistline had a mind of its own, I'm sure it would disagree. It's the one suffering the bulging consequences, after all. But obviously, it doesn't have much say so when it comes to my eating habits. Hey, I like to eat.

BBQ Beef Shepherd's Pie
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 (11-oz) can whole kernel corn with red and green peppers
  • 1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles, undrained
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 lb baby red potatoes, unpeeled
  • Butter and milk, for mashing potatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions (about 4)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp ranch dressing 
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
Cook ground beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown. Drain well. Stir in corn, chiles, and barbeque sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat to boiling, reduce heat to low to keep warm.

Meanwhile, cook potatoes to fork tender in boiling water. Drain and mash to desired consistency with salt, pepper, butter, and milk. Stir in green onions, cheese, ranch, and bacon.

Spoon beef mixture onto plate or bowl and top with mashed potatoes. Serve.

This recipe is a modern take on the classic shepherd's pie, with a few fixins and additions from Cassie. I love the addition of bbq sauce, corn, chiles, and ranch. I think all of those ingredients make this a comfort meal that we like to make often, and I bet you will too.

Oh, and it has bacon. Did you guys know I like bacon?  :)

Peace, and bacon grease!


Joanne said...

I've never really thought good things about shepherd's pie either...until I saw this! Looks fantastic!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

I love the twist that this shepards pie has, green chilies and bbq sauce? Sign me up! Sounds delicious! The addition of bacon only guilds the lily, and really when is bacon not welcomed?? :)

Cassie said...

Desi, you are too sweet! Your compliments just made my entire day. I'm really glad you liked this, and you reminded me that I need to make it again very soon! :)

Unknown said...

Love this little twist...heck, it makes me want to make Shepard's pie and that's never been that high on my list :)

Unknown said...

That sounds absolutely wonderful! I love bacon too, what a great addition to the shepard's pie!

Desi said...

@ Joanne - This one will change your mind! Not the traditional shepherd's pie but the concept is there. Love it!

@ Andrea - Bacon is always welcome in my home!

@ Cassie - Aww I'm glad I could make your day. This meal made my day! :)

@ Jenn - I hope this recipe moves "shepherd's pie" higher up on your list!

@ Eva - Bacon is always a great addition to any dish, isn't it?! Thanks for stopping by!

Marysol said...

This certainly looks delicious! And there's even bacon in it. If there's a more perfect food out there, I don't know about it.

Like you, I pretty much hated every food that came into view—without even tasting any of it first. Thankfully, I've made up for lost time, and Shepherd's Pie is one of those dishes I now welcome.

Chris said...

I just bookmarked it to try. I hope my kids will not turn their nose up at it. Oddly, they don't like spicy stuff with chilies. Who are these people, they can't be related to me, ha ha.

Desi said...

@ Marysol - We are on the same page about bacon, I see. Any bacon lover is a friend in my book!!!! Glad we both changed our minds about food later in life :)

@ Chris - Ha who are those kids who just ended up at your house ?! lol jk. Maybe try it without the chilies if they don't like anything too spicy ;)