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Keep ground beef and homemade tomato sauce in your freezer (or use best-quality jarred sauce) for a biscuit-topped Italian rendition of shepherd's pie.

Source: Everyday Food, December 2008
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Cook's Notes

Ground beef can be frozen for up to 3 months. Also, the better the tomato sauce, the better the results.

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  • 1275
    31 MAR, 2012
    Great recipe! I skipped the oil when browning the beef and onion, the beef fat is sufficient. Instead of beef sirloin I used 1 pound of ground beef. In place of a 2 cups tomato sauce you can use a 15 oz. can. This recipe is very sufficient for 6 people. In the bottom of each custard cup I placed 4 bite size pieces of cooked cheese tortellini. Also, the biscuits need to be baked almost twice as long as directed. Overall, very good and cute in individual cups!
  • MS10339747
    11 MAR, 2012
    This is a favorite with all ages in my family, but it's an especially great way to get kids to eat vegetables -- my marinara includes carrots and celery.
  • WatergirlSB
    16 JAN, 2011
    How can something so simple be so GOOD??? Thank you Martha
  • swootliff
    13 JAN, 2011
    I doubled the biscuit mixture and used diced sausage instead of beef. Any hard cheese can replace the Parmesan cheese. Added celery, garlic, can of diced tomatoes and a few extra spices. Absolutely delicious! May use the biscuit recipe mixture for other dishes.
  • Kristi47
    12 JAN, 2011
    This was great! And it is open to many substiutions for your taste.
  • MS10995119
    12 JAN, 2011
    mrsladonnajonze, Boca makes a soy "crumbles" product that you can use to replace the beef. It's found in the frozen foods. I believe Morningstar Farms also makes a similar product.
  • rnmomov4
    12 JAN, 2011
    Seems like this needs some veggies maybe zucchini, red peppers, mushrooms. And why not use whole wheat pastry flour instead of white!
  • dontpanicu
    12 JAN, 2011
    a good vegetarian recommendation might be mushrooms,or italian white kidney bean or a mixure of veggies such as peppers,greenbeans,spinach or other dark leafy green. I plan to try this recipe with one or a combo of these.
  • mrsladonnajonze
    12 JAN, 2011
    Is there a vegetarian recommendation? I don't keep ground "anything" in my home. I rarely eat meat, and barely eat fish. Any type of bean or pea to replace the meat? What about frozen corn? I'd love to try this tonight. Thanks!
  • carolf
    12 JAN, 2011

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