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October 2009

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Recipe: Spooky Shepherd’s Pie

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Spooky Shepherd’s Pie

Don’t be afraid to play with your food on Halloween. This recipe from Pillsbury turns the classic Shepherd’s pie into a group of ghoulish ghosts. Boo!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 cups Progresso diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, undrained (from
    28-ounce can)
  • 1 jar (12-ounces) home-style beef gravy
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2-1/4 cups instant mashed potatoes (or prepare your own)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  2. 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.
  3. Set aside 12 peas for garnish from the bag of Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers frozen mixed vegetables. Add remaining frozen vegetables, tomatoes and gravy; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, bring water, margarine and garlic powder to a boil. Remove from heat; add milk. Stir in potato flakes and cheese. Add egg; blend well.
  5. Spoon ground beef mixture into ungreased 8-inch square (2-quart) or oval (2-1/2-quart) glass baking dish. With a 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.
  6. Bake in pre-heated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until potatoes are set and mixture is thoroughly heated.


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