Our favorite cold season food is the classic shepherd’s pie. In this classic version, I prepare the vegetable ingredients with a little mashed sweet potato. It’s a delicious spin, especially if you’re making a switch from white potatoes (or if you prefer flavor!).
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie: A Healthy Spin in the Classic
I left the recipe for my shepherd’s pie the same as most, but added black to enhance the vegetables a bit and exchanged the traditional with potatoes for sweet potatoes. This is actually a resemblance to my meat loaf cupcakes, but with more vegetables.
To make the casserole, I brown the ground beef with the seasonings, then stir in the chopped vegetables, heat it, and put it in a casserole dish. (I have this amazingly deep skeleton that is oven proof that I use for both purposes and save a pan for washing myself.)
When the meat is cooking, I grease the sweet potatoes with butter and salt and drip them on top of the meat and vegetable mixture when it’s done. To save myself a little time, I usually make extra sweet potatoes with another meal at the beginning of the week and then take them out of the fridge when I’m ready to use them.
Is it a Shepherd’s pie or a cottage pie?
Shepherd’s pie is of Irish origin and is usually made with wolf sheep. Cottage pie is British and is made from beef. However, most people are not able to overcome the small difference and use the terms together. (Read more interesting Shepherd Facts here.)
If you like sweet potatoes as much as we do, try this recipe! It is frozen and well warmed so it can be prepared for busy nights.
Sweet Potatoes: Versatile, healthy and delicious
My kids absolutely love sweet potatoes and happily eat them in every way I can when I fix them. That’s why I have such a vast and creative collection of sweet potato recipes!
Here are some other things to try:
Sweet Potato Shepherd Pie Recipe
It’s healthy for me to top the shepherd’s pie with creamy sweet potatoes. It’s a family favorite at our house and I love helping my kids make layers.
In a large skillet, brown the meat.
Mix one teaspoon of salt and the rest in seasoning and transfer to a large bowl.
Chop the onion and cut the banana into small pieces.
Heat the onion and banana over low heat and add to the meat.
Put the mixed vegetables in the skeleton and heat on low heat.
When the vegetables are hot, smooth the cooked sweet potatoes with butter and the rest of the salt.
Add the mixed vegetables and eggs to the meat and stir to combine.
Pour the meat / vegetable mixture into a 9×13 baking dish and spread the mashed sweet potatoes on top.
Bake at 350 ° F for about 30 minutes.
When done, enjoy and enjoy if you want with a little doll of cream cheese.
- For sweet potatoes: Either cook for about an hour or until soft, or boil in a large pot for 10 minutes until soft. Drain before using. I usually add extra when cooking the last meal then reheat it the night I cook it.
- This recipe makes a 9×13 pan – you can split it and freeze the portion for another meal or double it to make a large portion to the freezer!
- Possible variations: Bake in a paint-sized Mason jar for easy packable lunch!
Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 6Yes | Protein: 26Yes | Fat: 12Yes | Saturated fat: 6Yes | Cholesterol: 106But | Sodium: 647But | Potassium: 499But | Fiber: 1Yes | Vitamin A: 2110IU | Vitamin C: 4.9But | Calcium: 27But | Iron: 3.2But
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