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What is the deal with the weather?! One day its 70 the next there is snow on the ground! I can’t take it, GIVE ME SPRING!
On one of those cold, rainy and super windy days last week, I was in the mood for comfort food! I wanted to make something that reminded me of my childhood in Upstate New York, a meal that my Nana would have prepared for us on a cold and blustery day. Oh, and It needed to be an easy and quick dinner idea!
Since it had been such a busy week between work, meetings, parties, photoshoots and other activities, our fridge and pantry were bare! Our family ventured out to Stop & Shop to get our groceries for the week!
Since we are so busy, I rarely have time to prepare big extravagant meals (though I’d love to!) So I’m always looking for items that make meal prep a bit easier. One of my favorite appliances is my slow cooker. Seriously, I LOVE that thing. I get up in the morning, throw dinner in, turn it on, and leave for the day. When I get home, I can usually smell dinner from the driveway (our house isn’t very well insulated…) I love walking into a house that smells like deliciousness!!
We found these awesome Slow Cooker Sauces from Campbell’s and I decided to try one! I went with the Tavern Style Pot Roast because it was perfect for the comfort meal I had in mind!
Avery is always such a big helper at the store, when she isn’t running away from me, screaming…
The next morning I got up, and get everything ready to go in the crock pot!
Seriously, it was so simple! I didn’t have to measure any ingredients, I didn’t have to cut up any veggies (though you can if you’d like!), everything was right in the bag (except the roast of course!)
Fast forward 8 hours…and VOILA! The most beautiful roast you ever did see!
I wish computers had a Smell-O-Vision app because my goodness, it was heavenly!
I wasn’t done yet. I love a good old fashioned pot roast, but I wanted something more!
I decided to make a Shepherd’s Pie (or Cottage Pie if you prefer)! I easily pulled the pot roast apart, and shredded it with a fork! It was so moist and I’ll be very honest, I took a few bites while I was doing this. It was just so good!
After shredding it, I mixed in some of the gravy from the crock pot. I put it in a baking pan and covered it in a layer of veggies! Now, you could use all fresh veggies for this, but since time is an issue for us, and i needed this to be a quick prep, I used a frozen steamer bag. I poured some more of the gravy on top of the veggies, and then it was time for the mashed potatoes!
Now, let me give you a bit of back story about these potatoes. My Nana made them for all family functions. Christmas, Easter, Birthdays…They were always a favorite of mine! Our family called them “Molten Lava Potatoes” because they come out of the oven at 8 million or so degrees, and someone ALWAYS burns their tongue on them! (It’s impossible to wait til they are cool, they’re THAT good) Anyway, one of the ingredients is my kryptonite. Cream Cheese. I hate it. I don’t want it in my fridge, I don’t want it anywhere near me. I can’t stand the smell of it. I hate it with every fiber of my being. EXCEPT when it’s in these potatoes!
Then I LOVE IT!
So, I sucked it up, and got the cream cheese out, and mixed it in. (Seriously, this is such a difficult task for me. Ask my husband. Some people fear mice or snakes, I fear cream cheese.) I layered the potatoes on top of the veggies and meat, sprinkled it with a bit of cheddar cheese, and popped it in the oven to bake!
- 6-8 peeled & boiled potatoes
- 4-8 Tablespoons of Butter,
- 1 Tbs garlic powder
- 8 oz package of Cream Cheese softened
- 1 cup milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Peel and boil potatoes until softened (approx 20 minutes)
- Mash potatoes with Butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
- Add cream cheese and blend into potatoes until creamy. (I use an electric hand mixer to get them extra creamy)
- Add milk and beat into potatoes until they are creamy and smooth.
- (If you're making these potatoes for the Shepherd's Pie, stop here. If you're making the potatoes as a stand alone side dish, continue on to the baking step)
- Bake in casserole dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the top is slightly golden.
- Let them cool a bit before serving ..They will be hot!!! Remember, we call them Molten Lava potatoes for a reason!
I love how easy the Campbell’s Sauces made this recipe! I wasn’t home cooking all afternoon, I was able to spend the day with my family while the pot roast cooked in the slow cooker!
We ended up having lunch leftovers for the next three days! Even Avery loved it! she kept asking me for “More neats, more carrots, more tatoes!” I was most shocked by her request for “neats” (which is how she says meat) since this girl has always refused red meat!
I can’t wait to head to Stop & Shop on May 3rd to check out the in store demo, and try some of the other varieties of the Slow Cooker Sauces and Skillet Sauces from Campbell’s! (Call your local Stop & Shop or Giant Supermarket to see if they’ll be holding the demo’s too!)
Shepherd’s Pie With Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- 1 package of Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces-Tavern Style Pot Roast
- 1 2-3lb Boneless Beef roast
- 1 package of frozen mixed veggies (peas, carrots and corn)-cooked according to package
- Nana’s Creamy Mashed Potatoes (instructions can be found above)
- Place roast in slow cooker, and pour Campbell’s Crock Pot sauces over the top.
- Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or until beef is fork-tender (or cook on high 4-5 hours)
- When roast is done, remove and pull apart with a fork till it is shredded (think pulled pork)
- Add back some of the sauce from the slow cooker and mix in with meat.
- Place shredded roast in a casserole dish, cover with the vegetables, and add in the rest of the sauce over the top.
- Layer the mashed potatoes on top, and sprinkle with a bit of shredded cheddar cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are slightly golden.
It’s really easy! And really yummy!
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