13Oct2016Green Bean Casserole Shepherd’s Pie As the holidays begin to sneak up, you’ll want to have this Green Bean Casserole Shepherd’s Pie recipe on hand! The perfect mashup between green bean casserole and shepherd’s pie, topped with mashed potatoes and fried onions, yum! The chilly fall air has arrived, friends! I couldn’t be happier. One of the aspects of autumn that I love most is opening up the windows, getting some fresh air through the house, and snuggling under blankets on the couch with my littles. They are seriously the best cuddlers in the world, even if I do have to force Silas to give me a hug and a kiss every day at 7 years old! It’s around this time of year that I look forward to having friends over for dinner and brainstorming new comfort-food recipe ideas. We really love Thanksgiving dinner, but we really don’t make our Thanksgiving favorites year-round. Often times on Thanksgiving, we have SO MUCH FOOD that I don’t even really get a chance to do more than just taste all my favorite dishes. Before I know it I’m completely full only to have to wait until next year to enjoy all those yummy foods. One of our must-have side dishes at holiday dinners is the classic green bean casserole. Canned green beans, cream of mushroom soup, seasonings, and french fried onions – this side dish is always one of the first to be polished off. This recipe for Green Bean Casserole Shepherd’s Pie is a “mashup” of that famous green bean casserole, and one of our favorite weeknight dinners. Adding ground beef, cheese, and Idaho Spuds Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes makes this side dish a very filling, and very tasty, dinner. One that’s worthy of the holiday dinner table, as well! Green Bean Casserole Shepherd’s Pie By Kelly MillerADD DESCRIPTION UP TO 200 CHARACTERS Prep time: 00:15, Cook time: 00:25, Total time: 00:40 Yield: 9 servingsIngredients: 1 lb ground beef 14 oz can cut green beans, drained 10 oz can cream of mushroom soup 1 clove garlic, minced 2 (4 oz) packets Idaho Spuds Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes 4 cups water 1/2 cup French fried onions 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Instructions: Brown ground beef, drain, and return to pan. Stir in green beans, soup, and garlic. Simmer 5 minutes. Meanwhile, bring water to a boil, stir in mashed potato flakes, and remove from heat. Fluff with fork. Spread ground beef mixture into the bottom of a square baking dish. Top evenly with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with onions. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly. Allow casserole to rest 5 minutes before serving. This was totally comfort food at its finest! Such a warm and inviting dinner which instantly became a new recipe tradition in our home – from our family to yours! Idaho Spuds is one of my all-time favorite shortcuts that I use in my kitchen for weeknight dinners and for special holiday meals as well. Idaho Spuds Roasted Garlic is our favorite variety and it pairs well with so many meals. Five “downrightdelicious” flavors that make a great plus one for the holidays, I can’t wait to try the rest! Be sure to enter the Home for the Holidays contest for a chance at a luxury getaway to Shore Lodge on beautiful Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho – it sounds beautiful and so relaxing! What is your favorite holiday side dish? Leave your idea in the comment section below, I’d love to come up with some more holiday recipe “mashups” this season! I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.