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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is a savory casserole dish made with mashed sweet potatoes, ground beef, and vegetables. 

This traditional Americanized dish is the ultimate comfort food. Sweet potatoes gives it a seasonal feel, perfect for the colder months. This side dish recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients

To make this mashed potato casserole recipe, you will need the following ingredients (see the recipe card below for exact amounts):

  • sweet potatoes
  • mozzarella cheese
  • milk
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • ground beef
  • diced carrots
  • yellow onion
  • ground cumin
  • paprika
  • low sodium chicken broth
  • garlic cloves
  • tomato paste
  • frozen peas

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients

How to Make Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Boil six cups of water over high heat then add the sweep potatoes and boil for 10 minutes or until they are soft.
  3. Drain the potatoes and mash them in a large bowl then add 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, the milk, butter, ½ teaspoon of the salt and ½ teaspoon of the pepper. Stir to combine and set aside for later.
  4. Add the beef, carrots, onion, cumin, paprika, remaining salt and pepper to a large skillet over medium heat and cook until the beef is no longer pink.
  5. Drain out any excess grease from the pan then add the chicken broth, garlic and tomato paste and stir and cook until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  6. Add the peas and stir once again to combine then pour the mixture into a 9×13 inch baking pan or a large oval pan.
  7. Spread the sweet potato mixture on top and sprinkle around the remaining half cup of cheese.
  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble on top and the edges have started to turn a light brown color.
  9. Let it cool for five minutes before serving with freshly chopped parsley for garnish if desired.

How to Make Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato

What Type of Sweet Potatoes Should I Use?

There are white and purple sweet potatoes, as well as the deep orange sweet potatoes that are most commonly used in the kitchen. I used the orange sweet potatoes. 

Do I Have to Add Peas?

While peas are traditional in shepherd’s pie, you can omit them if you so choose.

Shepherd’s Pie Casserole with Sweet Potato

Storage Instructions

This sweet potato shepherd’s pie can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

Serving Suggestions

Wondering what to serve with Shepherd’s Pie? It can feel like a main dish because it has meat in it, but it makes a great side dish. Here are some delicious recipes to pair it with.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is a savory casserole dish made with mashed sweet potatoes, ground beef, and vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds sweet potatoes or three medium size potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 ½ cup mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Boil six cups of water over high heat then add the sweet potatoes and boil for 10 minutes or until they are soft.
  3. Drain the potatoes and mash them in a large bowl then add 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, the milk, butter, ½ teaspoon of the salt and ½ teaspoon of the pepper. Stir to combine and set aside for later.
  4. Add the beef, carrots, onion, cumin, paprika, remaining salt and pepper to a large skillet over medium heat and cook until the beef is no longer pink.
  5. Drain out any excess grease from the pan then add the chicken broth, garlic and tomato paste and stir and cook until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  6. Add the peas and stir once again to combine then pour the mixture into a 9x13 inch baking pan or a large oval pan.
  7. Spread the sweet potato mixture on top and sprinkle around the remaining half cup of cheese.
  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble on top and the edges have started to turn a light brown color.
  9. Let it cool for five minutes before serving with freshly chopped parsley for garnish if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 696mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 8gSugar: 13gProtein: 27g

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