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Shepherd's Pies

 Shepherd's Pies
When you need a real meat-and-potatoes fix, try this hearty layered casserole that blends from-scratch mashed potatoes with cream cheese and a meat filling. Your favorite barbecue sauce gives the dish an extra tang. —Cindy Kliskey, Pepperell, Massachusetts
16 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds potatoes (about 10 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces each) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place potatoes in a stockpot and cover with
  • water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook 10-15 minutes or
  • until tender.
  • Meanwhile, cook beef, onions and garlic in a Dutch oven until meat is
  • no longer pink; drain. Stir in corn and barbecue sauce.
  • Drain potatoes; mash with cream cheese, butter, salt and pepper.
  • Spoon meat mixture into two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Spread
  • mashed potatoes over tops; sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.
  • Yield: 2 casseroles (8 servings each).