Instead of using a pastry crust, this recipe creates a savory crust with mashed potatoes. The bacon flavor in the filling is fabulous! Just add a tossed salad or green vegetable and dessert, and you'll have a complete meal that's sure to please your family.—Chris Eschweiler, Dallas, Texas
Meet the Cook: As the second oldest of eight children in a busy farm family, I had plenty of opportunity to practice cooking while I was growing up. Now that our three children are grown, I am cooking just for my husband and me - though few weeks pass without visitors. For "country eaters", this hearty pie is perfect!
-Diane Gillingham, Carman, Manitoba
This hearty casserole has all of the rich flavor of the French onion soup my family loves. The cheese-topped mashed potatoes over the hearty combination of beef and onions makes it ideal for an autumn dinner. It doubles and freezes easily, so make one for tonight, and one for the freezer.—Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia
If I know my day will be hectic, I'll pull the meat mixture for this convenient, family-pleasing pie out of the freezer to thaw. And if you use frozen or instant mashed potatoes to top the pie, it's even quicker to fix. —Paula Zsiray, Logan, Utah
Fresh rosemary adds great flavor to the convenience products used in this comforting recipe. “This is great on cold days and makes a very filling meal with just a piece of corn bread.” Melissa Birdsong - Gilbert, South Carolina
Using convenient potato flakes and refrigerated biscuits at home in Clarksville, Tennessee, Ellen Osborne makes and freezes an extra batch of these fast mini pies packed with meat-and-potato flavor. “I’m as confident serving them to drop-in company as to my husband and three boys,” she says.
ELLEN’S TIP: “If I’m not rushed for time, I’ll sometimes make these with homemade biscuits and mashed potatoes.”