Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
Shepherds Pie is a traditional British dish of minced lamb (ground lamb meat) and some veggies (normally carrots) topped with mash potatoes. Its quite a simplistic dish but with many variations. You can add as many or as little veg as you like, you can spice up your meat or keep it plain, how about making the mash more cheesy or event replacing the mash all together. There is a number of these pies in England, very similar is Cottage Pie, Cumberland Pie, and Fish Pie, the main idea being that the meat or fish is topped with potato or breadcrumbs and baked.
I remember having this a lot when I was younger, its baked in a big old dish and then scooped out onto bowls or plates, I love the rusticness of the dish and the fact it's very forgiving if you make any mistakes.
I have tried to make this Shepherds Pie a little bit healthier (not that it's particularly unhealthy in any case!), but I have halved the mince and upped the vegetables, including cauliflower and broccoli. Instead of potato to top I have used a combination of sweet potato, a little potato and carrot mashed together which gives it a slight sweeter and nuttier taste. I love the fantastic orange hue the sweet potato gives to the mash and the top of the dish. I have ensured the mince gravy is super flavoursome by adding in some worcestershire sauce and marmite - to really bring out the meaty taste.
This is a great traditional dish that always reminds me of home.
(thanks to SidKemp for the mince\ground meat comparison!!)
Frying Onion and Chilli and Garlic
Ready to Add the Mash
Dished Up and Ready to Eat
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, to add to mash
- 1 carrot, to add to mash
- 1 medium potato, to add to mash
- 2 celery sticks
- 1/2 red chilli, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 4-5 small cauliflower and broccoli heads
- 250g lamb mince \ ground lamb meat
- 250ml beef stock
- 1 tblsp marmite \ vegex, optional
- dashes Worcestershire Sauce, optional
- Couple of sprays Light Oil spray for frying mince
- 1 tblsp Butter \ Margarine, for mash
- Sprinkle Chives
- Heat oven to 200c
- Heat a saucepan with boiling water and put in cauliflower and broccoli for a few minutes until soft, set aside cauliflower and broccoli and keep water.
- In this water now add peeled and chopped sweet potatoes, potatoes and carrots
- Spray a saucepan with oil and fry onion, garlic and chilli for a couple of minutes. Add chopped celery and fry for a couple more minutes. Add mince\ground meat and fry until browned
- Put beef stock cube in 250ml of boiling water, add in marmite and splash of Worcester Sauce. Set aside.
- Once mince is browned add stock to mince and turn down to simmer, add cauliflower and broccoli
- Once sweet potato, potato and mash are soft, discard water and mash, add a little butter to add flavour and season.
- Add mince\ground meat mixture to bottom of large oven dish - can be any shape, put mash mixture on top and spread out.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until bubbling, if you want your mash more crispy place under a grill for a couple of minutes. Chop some chives, sprinkle over and dish out into bowls or plates to serve.
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