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Crazy Over Potato Pie?

Updated on December 28, 2012

The Potato Pie

Potato pie is a dish that's always seen on the dining table during Thanksgiving. It is typically served as a dessert because of its sweet attributes but some varieties, especially those which are filled with meat, could be served as the main dish for dinner. Potato pie is made with mashed potatoes, leftovers can be used, combined with cream, sugar, cheese, and other spices. This delectable mixture is poured into a pie crust, covered with the top crust and baked in the oven. If you want it to turn into a simple yet fulfilling main dish, add onion, garlic, cheese and bacons or some other meat into mashed potatoes. Meat pies such as cottage pie or shepherd's pie have been associated with potato pie because mashed potatoes are used as toppings. Know more about meat pies as you read along. One of the best things about making potato pie is that it doesn't require you to be an expert cook or baker, no special cooking skills are needed to make this!

Cottage pie and Shepherd's pie
Cottage pie and Shepherd's pie

Cottage Pie and Shepherd's Pie

The History, Differences and Similarities between these two pies

Serving meat pies is an English tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. These pies were baked for hours in a slow oven, and topped with rich aspic jelly and other sweet spices.

Shepherd's pie is one of the classic and known meat pies. It is a dish that's made with minced lamb and topped with mashed potatoes. According to history, it was probably discovered some time in 18th century, same time when potatoes were introduced as a new world food in Europe. It was believed that Shepherd's pie was invented due to scarcity of food by frugal peasant housewives searching for convenient and creative ways to serve leftover meat for their families. It was called Shepherd's pie because of its primarily ingredient, minced meat from sheep. The countries where there are large numbers of sheep, England and Scotland, were the places of origin of this pie.

Cottage pie, on the other hand, is another meat pie that's also made with minced meat and potatoes. It is often confused with Shepherd's pie but their main difference is the usage of beef instead of lamb. This meat pie is older and has a longer history than Shepherd's pie. It was known since 1791, when potatoes were introduced as an edible crop for the poor. According to early cookery books, It was also a convenient way to use and combine leftover roasted meat and mashed potatoes into one fulfilling dish.

A slice of Sweet potato pie
A slice of Sweet potato pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet potatoes and yams are abundantly produced in Africa and Europe that's why sweet potato pie is very popular in African-American and English homes. A long time ago, the English colonists were fond of eating pumpkin pie until they discovered the use of sweet potatoes as an alternative, which resulted into a tastier and smoother pie. The recipe for sweet potato pie has been handed down from generation to generation. It usually requires mashed sweet potatoes, milk, butter, sugar, eggs, nutmeg and vanilla extracts. There are recipes that use cream, wine, rum, maple flavoring, and other delightful ingredients. Truly, sweet potatoes can blend harmoniously with a variety of ingredients and can always turn into a fulfilling dessert. Aside from that, it isn't unknown to us that sweet potatoes are rich in essential nutrients including Vitamin A, C, B6, fiber and potassium. These make sweet potato pie a healthy dish, as well.

Meaty, rich, filling, starchy and savory, that describes a homemade cottage pie. This easy to make potato-topped, meaty-filled casserole can be your extraordinary main dish for dinner with your guests. It is truly worth it and something you can be proud of. You will think only an expert baker can come up with this kind of dish, but you're wrong because it's so easy to make. Here's how. If you have leftover mashed potatoes, better use them for this pie. But if you don't, you can make our own mashed potatoes with just about 1 ½ to 2 pounds of potatoes. This recipe serves 4 hungry mouths.


Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 4


  • 3 cups minced or finely diced leftover roast beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • Salt and pepper
  • to taste
  • 3 to 4 cups leftover or fresh mashed potatoes
  • prepared with milk
  • butter
  • salt
  • and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • optional
  • 1 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Sweet Hungarian paprika


  1. Measure and gather ingredients accordingly. Start preparing by preheating oven to 350 degrees F and lightly greasing a 2-quart baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Place a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat, grease with olive oil and then sauté onion until tender and color turns light brown. Stir in minced beef and butter and continue sautéing for about 1 minute. Add flour and then stir until combined. Stir in beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, peas and carrots and continue to sauté. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Check taste and add more salt or pepper until desired taste is achieved. Remove from heat and carefully spoon into prepared baking dish.
  3. Heat your leftover mashed potatoes in saucepan along with butter or milk until softened. Stir in sour cream and cheese to the softened and warm mashed potatoes. Stir well until well-blended. Scoop out potato mixture and spread evenly on top of the beef layer. Sprinkle lightly with paprika. Bake in preheated oven for about 25 to 35 minutes until steaming and bubbly. You can also turn on the broiler to brown further the top layer but be careful not to burn it.
  4. Allow to cool until cool enough to handle. Slice and serve.
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For a Low Fat, Low Calorie Potato Pie, Try this!

Potato pies are absolutely a favorite Thanksgiving dessert. But most of its ingredients make us worry about getting too much calories and fats from it. Now, to ease your worries, here are some tips to make your pie a low calorie, low fat dish. It's quite easy! It's all about substituting the fatty ingredients.

* Use skim milk or low fat milk instead of the typical milk.

* Use light butter

* When adding meat into the pie filling, choose lean ground meat because it has lesser amounts of fats.

* Use Splenda No Calorie Sweetener

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      I am absolutely crazy about potato pie and just love cottage pie. Blessings for savoury pies!

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      wssrpnc 6 years ago

      I like potato very much.. Pies are very good.

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      IzdelavaBannerjev 6 years ago

      This is really one of my favourite things to eat. I ussualy eat them on weekends, and I specialy like the salty flavour which makes the pie so amazing.