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March 27, 2017 through April 5, 2017

I'd like to share a recipe and a garden tip today. First the garden tip:
If you have a BLACK THUMB like I do, stay out of the garden and let someone else do it. I know... my Site is Mary's Garden. Not because I am good in the garden but because I enjoy sitting in one.

Now cooking is another kettle of whatever, I love to cook, in fact in my own mind I'm preparing to be a Master Chef at a world renowned restaurant on a tropical island. In reality, I chop vegetables and pretend I'm chopping and dicing someone who's got on my bad side at my day job. Anyway, before I prattle on, I'll share my recipe.

Spicy beef/sausage Sheppard Pie
This is for a crowd - serves 12. Spray a cake pan with non-stick spray.
2 1/2 lbs Potatoes - boiled and mashed with a 1/2 cup milk and 1/4 cup butter.
1/2 cup Italian Blend Low fat shredded cheese.

2 lb Ground Sausage, browned and crumbled. (hot optional)
1 lb Ground beef, browned and crumbed.
2 cups Carrots, chopped.
2 cloves, chopped.
1 1/2 cup frozen peas.
1 cup Onions, chopped.
1 cup Celery, sliced.
2 Jalapeno's chopped. (Optional)
1 pkg Brown Gravy, (2 cups)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Start the potatoes first, peeling them is optional. Once the potatoes are done, use the milk and butter to mash and whip until creamy. Put a lid over the pot and set aside.

In a large frying pan, spray with non-stick oil, add all the vegetables except peas, cook stirring frequently. Once tender cover and turn off heat. In a large pan brown sausage and beef, make sure to use a spatula or a masher tool to crumble the meat. Once done drain and then add 1 1/2 cups water, in the measuring cup add 1/2 cup water to the gravy mix and stir until smooth, poor into the pan and mix thoroughly.

Now add the vegetables and frozen to the meat simmer for about 5 minutes. Pour filling into pan. Spread the potatoes evenly over the top. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top. Cook for about 20 minutes.

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Melissa Keir said…
Sounds yummy. I've not had it before. I also have a black thumb which is why my husband does the gardening. Even the plants I pick out die. It's just as well... :)
Judy said…
The Shepherd's Pie sounds very tasty and my thumb is probably dark blue.
stanalei said…
That Shepherd's Pie sounds really tasty. I will need to give it a try.
Mary Martinez said…
It was tasty. One of my favorites!

Melissa, I'm the same. My kids tease me that all I have to do is look at a plant and it dies.

Thanks for dropping by guys!
Lulu M Sylvian said…
Glad too see Im not the only black thumb in the group!
That Shepards Pie sounds delish!
Rachael Clemons said…
Yum yum sounds so good!! Thanks for doing the hop.
Belinda Clemons said…
Yummy thanks for participating in this blog hop email is
Nancy Loring said…
I also do not have a green thumb but I am a pretty good cook. I always add brown gravy to my meat in my shephards pie I also add an egg to my mashed potoatoes and when you bake the shephards pie it gives the mashed potatoes a crispy brown top.
Thank you for this lovely, blog, great recipe and thanks for doing the Hop. catwoman-1(at)Comcast(dot)net
Mary Martinez said…
Thank you all for stopping by, if you try the recipe and make it, let me know how you like it!
Lori R said…
Thanks for the recipe!
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Christina Riggs said…
Thanks for the recipe.
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Laura McGee said…
Love the garden pic.
Thank you so much for the giveaway and I'm aloving all of these wonderful pics.
Emily Smith said…
Sounds yummy! My husband loves Shepard's Pie. I'll have to try this soon! turtleemiwee(at)hotmail(dot)com
Book Attict said…
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bn100 said…
looks tasty

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Mary Martinez said…
Thanks everyone for stopping by, don't forget to go enter the Raflecopter!

Good luck!
pailofpearls said…
if I follow these blog hop recipes I'll have many plates of goodies :D
Jeanna Massman said…
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Mary Martinez said…
I'm glad all of you are enjoying the Blog Hop!
Desiree Kessler said…
Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway! 💖
cchant said…
Thanks for the recipe. My husband is British and LOVES shepherd's pie!
Rhi said…
thank you for the recipe! It looks good. vipersweb (at) gmail (dot) com

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