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Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 152 min
  • serves 6
46 Ratings
Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

This is pure comfort food! You can vary the meat in the shepherd’s pie and use ground lamb, veal or beef.

Christine Cushing Courtesy of:
Christine Cushing

Dinner, Potatoes, St Patrick's Day, Pork, Main, Poultry, Vegetables


Directions for: Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Topping

2 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed

2 medium Yukon gold potato, scrubbed

splash of olive oil, for roasting

Pinch allspice

Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

¼ cup 10% cream (60 ml)

1 Tbsp butter (15 ml)

Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

Meat Filling

1 Tbsp butter (15 ml)

1 lb. ground pork (454 g)

½ lb. ground turkey (227 g)

4 large shallots, finely, chopped

2 clove garlic, chopped

2 stalks celery, finely, diced

2 carrots, finely, diced

2 tsp fresh chopped thyme (10 ml)

½ tsp fresh chopped savoury (2 ml)

1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary (5 ml)

Pinch ground cloves

½ tsp ground cinnamon (2 ml)

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (15 ml)

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard (15 ml)

1 cup chicken stock (250 ml)

½ cup dry white wine (125 ml)

Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Assembly

¾ cup 3/4 cup fresh or frozen peas (175 ml)

Directions

Sweet Potato Topping

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Line a roasting pan with foil or parchment paper. Add both sweet potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes. Rub potatoes with a little olive oil. Season with allspice, salt and pepper. Bake at 375 degrees. F until potatoes are fork tender, about 50 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from oven. Peel potatoes and add to a large bowl. Mash gently with potato masher. Add butter, cream, nutmeg, and salt and pepper. Stir with wooden spoon until blended. Adjust seasoning.

Meat Filling

1. While the potatoes are roasting, add butter to a large deep skillet over medium heat. Sauté the pork, turkey, shallots and garlic until meat is golden, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add the celery, carrots and cinnamon and cloves. Continue to sauté over high heat until carrots begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

2. Add white wine to deglaze pan, cook for 2 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, thyme, savoury and rosemary and stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Simmer covered until meat is tender and moisture is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Assembly

1. Add peas to meat filling and transfer to a medium rectangular baking dish (about 7 ½-inches x 11 ½-inches and at least 3-inches deep). Spoon dollops of the sweet potato mixture on top of the meat filling. Spread mixture with a spatula to completely cover meat. Bake until top is golden and meat filling is bubbling, about 25 to 30 minutes.

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