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
Instead of using a pastry crust, this recipe creates a savory crust with mashed potatoes. The bacon flavor in the filling is fabulous! I think you and your family will love this pleasing pie.—Chris Eschweiler, Dallas, Texas
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
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
Shepherd's pie is to the British as meat loaf is to Americans, so when I was a young child living in the U.K., I had it almost once a week. 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
In this healthier version of a traditional recipe, I punch up the flavor of turkey with caramelized onions and brandy, cut saturated fat with heart-healthy canola oil, and save a few calories for a sprinkling of gooey cheese. Serve with a side of lemony green beans and everyone’s happy! —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia