Spooky Shepherds Pie

*Spooky Shepherd's Pie*
Serves 6

This tasty recipe came from out of one of those Grocery Store counter magazines.  The picture on this recipe is really cute.  This is a real winner to make for the kids on halloween.  It looks positively "spooktacular!"  If yours are like mine were, it was a nightmare getting them to eat any supper at all on Halloween, so this should help!

1 pound of extra lean ground beef
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
2 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 (14 1/2 ounce) tin of Italian style diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (12 ounce) jar of beef gravy
3 cups mashed potatoes
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 egg, slightly beaten
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oven to 190*C/375*F.  Spray a 12 inch skillet with some cooking spray and brown the ground beef and onions over medium high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Drain if necessary.

Setting aside 12 peas from the mixed vegetables for the garnish, add the  remaining vegetables, tomatoes, and gravy to the ground beef.  Heat to boiling.  Reduce to medium low, cover and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until the vegetables are crispy tender, stirring occasionally.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Mix together the mashed potatoes, Parmesan cheese and egg.  Season to taste with some salt and pepper.

Spoon the ground beef mixture into an ungreased 8 inch square bakiing dish.  Top with mounts of mashed potatoes, to resemble ghosts.  Place 2 reserved peas on each mount to resemble eyes.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are set and the meat mixture is heated through and bubbling.
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