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Simple Shepherd's Pie


"This is a recipe that my MIL gave me. It's French Canadian and called Pate Chinois, which translates to Chinese Pie. It's a little twist on shepherd's pie but it's simple, delicious and sticks to your ribs on a cold, wintry night! Leftovers (not typical in my house!) are even better as the flavors all blend nicely. Good comfort food!"
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1 h 15 m servings 437 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 9x13-inch casserole)

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes; drain.
  3. Mash potatoes with 2 tablespoons margarine; stir in milk. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons margarine in a large skillet over medium heat; stir in onions and saute until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Spread onions evenly over bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  5. Cook and stir ground beef in same skillet over medium heat until no longer pink, breaking up large pieces, about 5 minutes. Layer beef into baking dish evenly over onion layer.
  6. Wipe out skillet; place corn and creamed corn in skillet over medium heat and cook and stir until bubbly, about 5 minutes. Pour corn mixture over beef in baking dish. Spread mashed potatoes over corn mixture; dot with remaining 4 tablespoons margarine. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until casserole is bubbly and lightly browned at edges and margarine is melted, about 30 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can substitute butter for margarine if you prefer.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 437 calories; 23.2 g fat; 43 g carbohydrates; 17.1 g protein; 44 mg cholesterol; 448 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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  1. 12 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

Tastes just like Memère's! I like to sprinkle the top with a little paprika and parsley to jazz it up.

Most helpful critical review

Should let ground beed simmer about an hour, ya don't want tough gr. beef. Try it ,you'll like it.

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Tastes just like Memère's! I like to sprinkle the top with a little paprika and parsley to jazz it up.

I make this the easy way my mother always made it. Place the hamburger meat topped with a sliced onion in a casserole dish. Bake til the hamburger is cooked. In the meantime cook and mash the p...

Made this dish because I had left over ribs the night before. Wanted a recipe I can make to use the meat. Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. My 5 boys LOVED this dish and the b...

I'll add this to my standard dinner list. It's old fashioned comfort food! The picture has cheese on top, which I didn't add. I made it with ground turkey and it turned out great!

Delicious. Enjoyed with Pumpkin corn bread.

Substituted onions for steam microwave broccoli. Beef broccoli and then corn mixture. Finished off with cheddar cheese once out of the oven. *** Found out the hard way. Not suitable for my 2y...

I didn't make any changes and it was a nice dish on a cold winter night. My six year old grandson had two servings. I will make it again.

This is the shepherd's pie I grew up on. My grandma was French Canadian. I always wondered why all of the other shepherd's pies were so different than the one I'm used too.

Tasty and pretty quick. I omitted cream corn and added fresh baby carrots...simmered with ground beef.