Shepherd's Pie with Mashed Sweet Potatoes
and mixed greens salad
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Garlic powder - 1 tsp
- Mustard powder (opt) - 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
- Thyme, dried - 1/2 tsp
- Parsley, dried (opt) - 1/2 tsp
- Onions, medium - 1/2, chopped
- Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts separate
- Sweet potatoes - 1 lb, peeled and cubed
- Mixed frozen vegetables - 1 1/2 cups (like peas and carrots)
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Beef, ground - 1 lb
- Bragg's / coconut aminos - 2 tsp
- Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
- Butter - 3 Tbsp
- Grapes, red or green - 16, halved
- Vinegar, balsamic - 2 tsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
- Honey - 1 tsp
- Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
- Mixed greens - 5 oz
- Almonds, sliced - 1/4 cup
- Spice mix - Combine all ingredients for spice mix. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Onions / Green onions - Prep as directed. Combine onions and white parts of green onions in one container. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Potatoes - Peel and cube. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Grapes - Halve grapes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Frozen vegetable mix - Place in a colander and run under warm tap water to defrost.
- Turn on the oven's broiler and place an oven rack about 6" / 15cm under the heat source.
- Place potatoes into a saucepan and cover with cold water and some salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 12 to 15 minutes until potatoes can be easily pierced by a knife. Drain and let sit in a colander for ~5 minutes to let the steam escape (this creates creamier potatoes vs. liquidy potatoes).
- While potatoes are cooking, heat a skillet or saute pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and onions and white parts of green onions to hot oil. Saute until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add spice mix and saute until fragrant, ~1 minute more.
- Add beef with some salt. Saute until beef is coated in spice mix and starts to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add in frozen vegetables, aminos and tomato paste and stir to combine. Continue cooking just until all of the filling is warmed through.
- Transfer filling to a lightly greased 8" x 8" / 20cm x 20cm baker.
- Use a masher to mash steamed potatoes with butter and some salt. Spoon over top of meat filling and spread to evenly cover.
- Broil for 8 to 12 minutes, until the top is golden brown and crisp.
- Whisk together vinegar, mustard and honey in a mixing bowl. Add olive oil while whisking. Add mixed greens, grapes and almonds to vinaigrette. Toss just before serving.
- Sprinkle shepherd's pie with green parts of green onions. Enjoy with salad on the side.
Made the vegetarian version of this recipe and it was a hit for the entire family. It was one of the best shepherd's pies I have had!0 Helpful
The effort to make this is worth it. This is a go to for dinner and a welcome addition to vegetarian potluck get togehter.0 Helpful
Excellent shepherd’s pie! We served it for friends and they all loved it, vegetarians and omnivores alike.0 Helpful
This was a big hit. I have made the paleo version a number of times. I double the spices and husband loves it.0 Helpful
Doubled the mashed potatoes and the "sauce" ingredients, per comments from others. Yummy!0 Helpful
My family loved this dish. I made it all at once with no prep in advance. It took a LONG time to make and a lot of dishes! If I make it again, I will for sure prep in advance!!0 Helpful