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Sweet Potato Topped Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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Everyone loves the classic comfort food, Shepherd’s Pie. But sometimes, potatoes are just no bueno. For those times, here’s an easy Sweet Potato Topped Shepherd’s Pie recipe to soothe that comfort food craving!


It seems that many people are beginning to struggle with certain foods more and more. I know in our family alone, we have several different sensitivities and intolerances. The kids and I don’t do dairy, our youngest can’t eat gluten and Dean doesn’t tolerate nightshades well. But the upside of this is that there are plenty of alternative recipes online now too. Including many here on Home Made Lovely, like this Sweet Potato Topped Shepherd’s Pie recipe. 

How to Make Sweet Potato Topped Shepherd’s Pie

As I mentioned, Dean doesn’t tolerate nightshades well. That includes potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes and peppers. Which can make preparing meals – especially comfort foods – difficult to say the least! Thankfully, there are some stand-ins that work (almost) as well, like sweet potatoes.

To prepare sweet potato topped shepherd’s pie, simply replace the mashed potatoes in your favorite shepherd’s pie recipe with mashed sweet potatoes. Or use my easy-to-follow instructions below.

For the Filling:

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) package mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ cup tomato paste or ketchup (you can also omit this and use beef broth instead)
  • 1 cup water

For the sweet potato topping:

  • 2 to 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cooked
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • ½ to ¾ cup unsweetened milk of choice, depending on desired consistency

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooked sweet potatoes, butter, and ½ cup milk. Beat until combined. Add additional milk if needed.
  3. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the mushrooms and onions, crumbling as it cooks. Drain well.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to the skillet with the beef, except for the mashed sweet potatoes. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Spoon mashed sweet potatoes over beef mixture. Smooth the top.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly.
  7. Sprinkle with smoked paprika or chopped parsley as garnish if desired.

Tools for Making Shepherd’s Pie

Over a couple of decades of being married and cooking for our family, I’ve found that having the right kitchen tools really helps to make food and meal prep easier. But that doesn’t mean you need to clutter up your kitchen with one-use-only tools. (Strawberry huller or egg slicer anyone?)

Thankfully, Shepherd’s Pie is pretty easy to make with a few kitchen staples. Like a vegetable peeler, decent knives, potato masher and a cast iron skillet that works on the stove top and in the oven. 


 

Sweet Potato Topped Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Everyone loves the classic comfort food, Shepherd's Pie. But sometimes, potatoes are just no bueno. For those times, here's an easy Sweet Potato Topped Shepherd's Pie recipe!

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 1 ½ pounds ground chuck
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (8 ounce) package mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ cup tomato paste, ketchup OR beef broth
  • 1 cup water

For the sweet potato topping:

  • 2 to 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cooked
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter
  • ½ to ¾ cup unsweetened milk of choice, depending on desired consistency

Instructions

    1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2.In a large bowl, combine cooked sweet potatoes, butter, and ½ cup milk. Beat until combined. Add additional milk if needed.
    3.In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the mushrooms and onions, crumbling as it cooks. Drain well.
    4.Add remaining ingredients to the skillet with the beef, except for the mashed sweet potatoes. Bring to a simmer.
    5.Spoon mashed sweet potatoes over beef mixture. Smooth the top.
    6.Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly.
    7.Sprinkle with smoked paprika or chopped parsley as garnish if desired.

Have you ever made a Shepherd’s Pie with sweet potato topping instead of regular mashed potatoes? What did you think of the substitute?

P.S. If you’d need a little kitchen encouragement, check out our 7-day meal plan here. 

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