Homemade Loaded Shepherds Pie

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This plate of amazingness came from a craving for comfort food… Not just any comfort food though. I.Needed.Shepherds.Pie.

Yes… The childhood favorite that my mother used to make. Only I didn’t quite want just a regular ol’ shepherds pie… No…

I wanted it loaded, cheesy, with bacon, chives, more cheese, green onions, a hamburger gravy, more cheese, well you get the point…

Let the greasy-ness commence!

PS… this is for all of you out there with inner fat kids screaming to come out.

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Ingredients

1 1/2-2 Lbs Ground Hamburger *Or feel free to use Lamb, Bison, or Turkey

1 Large Onion; diced

1/2 Cup Cream or Milk

3 Tbsp Four

8 Large Potatoes

1 1/2 Cups Sour Cream

2 Tbsp Butter

2 Cans Corn; drained

1 Can Creamed Corn

8 Slices Bacon; cooked and crumbled

1 Green Onion

2 Tbsp Fresh Chopped Chives

1- 1 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Paprika

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First off, sorry for the lack of prep and action shots… I truly didn’t think I would be posting this recipe but it was demanded… not asked that I do so! I guess I am not the only glutton out there so I hope you all enjoy!

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First we work on our hamburger and gravy.

In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and saute 5-7 minutes until soft and translucent.

Add ground hamburger (lamb, bison, or turkey) to the skillet and cook until browned.

Once the hamburger is nice and happy, transfer it to your casserole dish leaving all the meat drippings in the skillet (i know i know… but we need it for the gravy!)

Next, whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour breaking up all the lumps. Once it is smooth, slowly whisk in the cream or milk.

Simmer over medium-low heat whisking until it is nice and thick.

Pour gravy from skillet over the ground hamburger in the casserole dish and stir them well.

Pour the whole and creamed corn over the ground meat and move onto making the mashed potatoes….

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Now for the mashed potatoes… scrub, peel, and dice them bad boys into 1″ cubes.

Transfer the potatoes into a large pot and fill with salted water so that it covers the potatoes by about an inch of water.

Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender.

Once the potatoes are nice and soft, strain the water and in the same pot mash them little gems with a potato masher.

Add sour cream and butter and continue mashing until nice and smooth. Unless you like lumpy potatoes, in that case leave them lumpy… who am I to judge!

Spread mashed potatoes evenly over the ground hamburger and corn making it the 3rd layer in this majestical dish filled with wonder!

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Next cook your bacon so that they are nice and crispy over medium-low heat. This should take about 8-10 minutes… Slow and steady wins the race after all!

Once cool, crumble bacon and set aside.

Dust the paprika over your mashed potatoes and top with 1/2 of the cheese.

Next sprinkle 1/2 of the bacon over the cheese followed with 1/2 of your green onions and 1/2 of your chives.

Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes or until bubbling and heated thoroughly.

Top with remaining bacon, green onions, and chives then finally the remaining cheese.

Bake another 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted thoroughly.

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Enjoy my gluttonous friends!

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