For a stick-to-your-ribs main dish that's deliciously different, give this pie a try! The Italian sausage goes so well with mashed potatoes, and both get a new twist served in a crust and cut into wedges. My family is always glad to see me preparing this dish.
-Cindy Gage, Blair, Nebraska
We live way out in the county, and the nearest grocery store is 25 miles away. So I've become quite skilled at turning leftovers into second-time-around successes like this. —Linda Howe, Jackman, Maine
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
Shepherd's pie is to the British like meat loaf is to Americans, so as a young child living in the UK, shepherd's pie was a weekly staple. This is my go-to recipe when I'm longing for the sights and smells of my mother's kitchen.—Mari Sitkiewicz, Downers Grove, Illinois
Shepherd's Pie has another name, Cottage Pie, and mashed potatoes have another alternative - sweet potatoes. Whatever you call it, there's enough in the recipe to bake one casserole and freeze the other for up to 3 months. Did we mention Cumberland Pie is a cousin, but with bread crumbs on top? —Marcie Brooks-Smith, Fort Collins, Colorado
Now that all my kids are grown and most are married, they often still come home for Sunday Dinner and their most requested meal is my Baked Shepherd's Casserole. They love the meat, potatoes and gravy combined. It's definitely our family comfort go-to food. When you get several people in the kitchen chopping, slicing and preparing, it comes together super fast and, at the same time, you get to catch up on all the family happenings. —Beverly Matthews, Pasco, Washington