Savor the Season with this Heavenly Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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As the seasons change and the temperatures drop, there’s nothing more comforting than a hearty and flavorful dish to warm you from the inside out. One dish that perfectly captures the essence of fall is the classic shepherd’s pie. Traditionally made with ground meat and topped with mashed potatoes, we’ve put a unique spin on this beloved dish by using sweet potatoes instead. This recipe takes the flavors of a traditional shepherd’s pie and elevates them to a whole new level. So, let’s dive in and discover how to make this heavenly sweet potato shepherd’s pie!

Ingredient List:

– 2 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
– 2 tbsp butter
– 1/4 cup milk
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 1 onion, diced
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 lb ground beef (or substitute with ground turkey for a healthier option)
– 1 cup carrots, finely chopped
– 1 cup peas
– 2 tbsp tomato paste
– 1 cup beef broth
– 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tsp dried thyme
– 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
– 1/2 tsp paprika
– 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

2. Place the cubed sweet potatoes in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover them. Bring the water to a boil and cook the sweet potatoes until they are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes.

3. Drain the sweet potatoes and return them to the pot. Add the butter and milk, then mash the sweet potatoes until they reach a creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, sautéing until they become fragrant, and the onion turns translucent, about 5 minutes.

5. Add the ground beef (or turkey) to the skillet and cook until browned and cooked through. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break the meat into small crumbles as it cooks.

6. Stir in the carrots, peas, tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, dried thyme, dried rosemary, and paprika. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for an additional 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

7. Transfer the meat and vegetable mixture to a greased baking dish, spreading it in an even layer.

8. Spoon the mashed sweet potatoes over the top, spreading them out evenly with a spatula.

9. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the sweet potatoes.

10. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden and the filling is bubbling.

11. Remove the shepherd’s pie from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to intensify and ensures that it holds its shape when plated.

12. Serve the sweet potato shepherd’s pie hot and enjoy the heavenly combination of flavors and textures!

Similar Recipes:

If you’re looking to explore similar delicious and comforting dishes, here are a few recipes that will surely satisfy your taste buds:

1. Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie: Swap the ground meat with lentils or mushrooms for a meatless alternative that doesn’t skimp on flavor.

2. Turkey Shepherd’s Pie: Replace the ground beef with lean ground turkey for a leaner, yet still flavorful, version of this classic dish.

3. Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash: Substitute the traditional mashed potatoes with a creamy cauliflower mash for a low-carb twist on this beloved recipe.

4. Guinness Shepherd’s Pie: Add a rich and robust flavor to your shepherd’s pie by incorporating Guinness stout into the filling.

As the autumn season arrives, it’s time to embrace the comforting and satisfying flavors of fall. This heavenly sweet potato shepherd’s pie recipe is the perfect dish to warm you up on a chilly day. With its creamy mashed sweet potatoes and flavorful meat and vegetable filling, this dish will leave you feeling nourished and content. So, savor the season with this delicious recipe and explore its variations for even more comforting meals to enjoy throughout the fall and winter months.

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