I love a bargain!
Especially when you least expect to find one.
I was recently in a "supercenter"--just running in for a couple of last minute staples when this great looking casserole dish caught my eye.
There was a clearance rack of miscellaneous items in the middle of a runway, that I had to walk around in order to get to my printer ink cartridge--I couldn't miss it!
I had to buy it. The price was ridiculously right at under $20.
I know, I have lots of casserole dishes but look at the lovely design with sturdy handles, and the domed lid and the textured sides and perfect COLOR.
You might think about this as a gift for Mother's Day if you have a mother who loves these kinds of things.
AND--Here's a great recipe to try in the new casserole dish.
Easy Shepherd's Pie
Prep casserole dish with a little spray-oil.
Make a batch of mashed potatoes separately for your topping (about 2-3 cups depending upon your preference) You can also “doctor” these up by stirring in some shredded cheese.
Start with a large skillet:
Brown 2 lbs. ground beef (grassfed, of course!)
Add and cook together with the beef:
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
1- 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes with the juice
1 pkt. Lipton Beefy Onion dried soup and dip mix
½ cup of water
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
Dried or fresh thyme leaves and Herbs de Provence (I sprinkle herbs liberally, you can adjust these to your taste preferences)
Salt and pepper to taste (remember there's already salt in the soup mix)
At the end:
Stir in 1 cup of frozen peas or a “country mix” of frozen vegetables.
Bottom layer is the beef mixture.
Top with mashed potatoes.
Sprinkle a little cheese or parsley, paprika, chili powder for color.
Uncovered at 350 degrees until heated through and the potatoes are lightly browned about 45 minutes.