Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

Healthy Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
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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.

Enjoy

(thanks to SidKemp for the mince\ground meat comparison!!)

Ingredients

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Frying Onion and Chilli and Garlic

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Ready to Add the Mash

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Dished Up and Ready to Eat

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Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 2-3

Ingredients

  • 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
  1. Heat oven to 200c
  2. 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.
  3. In this water now add peeled and chopped sweet potatoes, potatoes and carrots
  4. 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
  5. Put beef stock cube in 250ml of boiling water, add in marmite and splash of Worcester Sauce. Set aside.
  6. Once mince is browned add stock to mince and turn down to simmer, add cauliflower and broccoli
  7. Once sweet potato, potato and mash are soft, discard water and mash, add a little butter to add flavour and season.
  8. Add mince\ground meat mixture to bottom of large oven dish - can be any shape, put mash mixture on top and spread out.
  9. 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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Traci21 4 years ago from North Carolina

This recipe looks great!! Where do you get the lamb mince?


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

This looks delicious, but I don't know what Marmite is? I'll have to look this up!


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Traci21, thanks for stopping by, I can normally get it from my local supermarket, you can also use beef mince too though. Just as good!


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan, thanks so much, so Marmite is rather unappealingly sounding a yeast extract! We normally have it on toast in the UK! I think in the States it's similar to Vegex. It's definitely not essential to the dish though!


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SidKemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

This is just a great idea. I was a big fan of Shepherd's Pie when I was a kid, but I don't eat mashed potatoes much any more. A change to sweet potato mash is just great.

By the way, for us folks across the pond, mince is called ground meat. And ground beef is often called hamburger meat.


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks SidKemp, I think I almost prefer the sweet potato with it.

Ahhh thanks too re the clarification on the mince re ground meat! That makes sense! I will make sure I note it in the hub. I normally try to pick up the differences but totally didn't know this one - so thank you.


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lauramaryscott 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

Your article and your images are great. Reminds me of my Mom's cooking. Thanks for sharing. I still do not know what Marmite or Vegex is. Is it a butter substitute? Do you ever cook this in a Dutch Oven; covered?


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

Love the pictures! This sounds like something we would like in the American South. Thanks for a great Hub.


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Lauramaryscott, thanks for your comment. You can definitely use a dutch oven, you may just want to take the lid off and pop it under the grill if you wanted the mash a bit crispy. As for Marmite, its more of a stock addition it has quite a salty taste, probably a bit like soy sauce, which actually I think would be a really good substitution. I hope that helps at least a bit!


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks so much mvillecat for your comments!


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Cynthias411 4 years ago from Massachusetts

That looks amazing. Love your all pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thank you Cynthia411! Welcome to Hubpages by the way! Im looking forward to more of your recipes.


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nikkiraeink 4 years ago from So. Cal.

Oh my goodness, it looks delicious! I can't wait to try it. I'm sure it will make the old man happy. Voted up, awesome, useful and shared.


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks nikkiraeink! I hope he likes it!


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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

Oh that sound seriously yummy! Will have to try it! Voted up and sharing!!


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Daisydayz! Appreciate your comment and vote.


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Wesley Meacham 4 years ago from Wuhan, China

This looks really good. Very creative. This recipe makes me wish that I had an oven. Sadly all I have is a stovetop.

Voting up, interesting, useful and sharing.


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks so much Wesley! I hope you get to try it at some point!


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire

Cherry

what a good idea to use sweet potatoes in place of ordinary spuds.

I like your layout of this hub and the use of pictures to help the article along. Nice hub voted up and the buttons too.

with respect Tony


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Cherry Red 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Tony for your kind comments and votes!

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