Ghostly Shepherd’s Pie
Treat your little ghosts and goblins to a tummy-warming stew that looks them right in the eye!
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
2 1/2 cups Green Giant® frozen mixed vegetables
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, undrained
1 (12 ounce) jar home-style beef gravy
1 3/4 cups water
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup milk
2 1/4 cups instant mashed potatoes
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, slightly beaten
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Spray 12-inch skillet with cooking spray. Cook beef and onion in skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain.
Set 12 peas (from frozen vegetables) aside for garnish. Add remaining frozen vegetables, tomatoes and gravy to beef mixture. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender.
Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, heat water, butter and garlic powder to boiling. Remove from heat; add milk. Stir in potato flakes and cheese. Add egg; blend well.
Spoon beef mixture into ungreased 8-inch square (2-quart) or oval (2 1/2-quart) glass baking dish. With 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.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until potatoes are set and mixture is thoroughly heated.