Sherherd’s Pie

Strictly speaking this should be called Cottage Pie, but I grew up calling it Shepherd's Pie

I was walking through Target the other day when I had an epiphany. It was like little bits and pieces of information suddenly rushed together to form a whole picture: Cute Rubber Boots!

Shepherd's Pie

You see, I have been wondering how on earth people here in the US Jungle (Florida) manage to go out into their insect and snake and lizard infested yards to garden. Out west, I was able to wear crocs without much trouble. They were waterproof and comfy, and frankly, ugly enough that I wouldn’t have worn them anywhere else. Florida red ants would make quick work of crocs. The little holes all over would seem like the entrance to a steak house to them. Nope, I don’t venture out into grass with any foot flesh showing.

Shepherd's Pie

Then I saw the huge display of multi-colored tall rubber boots in the garden section of Target. I was wondering if anyone really wore them, when a week or so later, I was watching an on-line episode of “Who Do You Think You Are” featuring Paula Deen. There she was, wading out into a field where her ancestors once lived in the South. She was wearing capris and TALL RUBBER BOOTS! That cinched it. I will soon be adding to my footwear collection in the form of polka dotted boots….for my easily embarrassed teenaged sons, I will pick the loudest pair I can find. I am sure my daughter will want a pair, too, so maybe I will get a matching pair for her. Then, perhaps I will forget to change them and wear them when I go pick up  my  boys from school….{heh heh heh}


Sherherd's Pie
  • ¾ lb cooked hamburger or roast beef
  • 4 cups leftover cooked vegetables (like carrots, corn, green beans or peas)
  • 2½ cups gravy
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • at least 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  1. If using roast beef, cut into bite sized pieces.
  2. In a bowl, mix meat, gravy, thyme, onion powder and vegetables.
  3. Pour into a 3 quart casserole.
  4. Mix mashed potatoes and cheese.
  5. Spread on top of the gravy mixture, trying to seal the edges of the dish.
  6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through.


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