Made it a little simpler and they loved it!

@lilybug (21182)
United States
August 22, 2009 7:22pm CST
I made a Shepard's pie last night for dinner and the kids gobbled it right up. I made it a little more simple than usual and that made all the difference I think. I was basically cooked ground beef, brown gravy, and corn topped with cheddar mashed potatoes and baked. There were hardly any leftovers. Do you find sometimes that things are a bigger hit with kids and even some picky adults if you make them a little more simple?
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@mysdianait (63983)
• Italy
23 Aug 09
That sounds like a real shepherd's pie should be. I agree that the more simple things are then the more often they are appreciated. So many older recipes have had variations made to them and not always is the end result as good as the original. I love shpeherd's pie and it is simple to make too. Wouldn't do it in the summer though as it just seems a winter meal to me.
@rajupaul (975)
• India
23 Aug 09
Dear I too agree that is sound real shepherd's pie. I seems to be original. I also like it. Thanks.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Normally I would too, but I had some ground beef that needed used up and Jeremy wanted mashed potatoes with dinner. Made it easy.
@thea09 (18295)
• Greece
25 Aug 09
Hi lilybug, it just wouldn't be shepherds pie to me without the onions, worctershire sauce and tomatoes in. I don't think I could be persuaded to leave onions out of any dish like that which I make in the winter. I don't usually bother with cheese in the mashed potato bit but do like to finish it off under the grill with paprika on top. I've done it that way for years and like it just as it is, and there's never leftovers.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
28 Aug 09
I personally love onions. My kids however do not.
• United States
24 Aug 09
i am just curious...what were you doing to it before that made if more "complicated"? that sounds like normal shepherds pie to me! Though i make mine a little differntly. I mix a can of cream of something (celery, mushroom, whatever i have in the cupboard) soup in with the corn and ground beef, then top it with mash potatos...it makes it really rich and creamy.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
28 Aug 09
I usually try to sneak in a few more veggies. It does not work. When I do that my son picks around them.
• United States
1 Jan 11
Wow! How do you get your family to eat such normal food? In my house, it's pizza this and tacos that. I can barely cook anything that resembles normal food like soups or chili cause it's always left untouched and there are constant complaints. Have no idea how they would accept Shepherd's pie. Will have to try it and see.
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
12 Apr 10
I think kids, like some adults, are put off from big fancy dishes. If it's a little more simple, they tend to feel a little more at ease with it. I often make simple meals when my nephew stays the night and I never have problems with him eating. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
• United States
24 Aug 09
Wow that sounds really yummy! To be honest, I don't know if I ever have had one of those before lol; I have heard of them, just have never actually tasted one myself before. I have noticed that when there isn't nearly as many different foods all together in something, if you make it more simple, kids tend to like it more. Who knows why, maybe because they aren't looking at a huge mess of something they don't know what it is? lol I dont know, kids are so strange lol
@peavey (14936)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Yes, I find the same thing. Sometimes I enjoy making things more complicated or spicy, but the most popular foods are the simple ones. Your shepherd's pie sounds delicious, by the way!
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
23 Aug 09
Sometimes they are better when made simple. I usually minus peppers and onions from my recipes because my girls don't like them. After that..they go over great. I sneak a few in here or there but they usually find them..hehe.