Sometimes I see a recipe that looks so good that I just have to try it. Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pies have been all over my Pinterest page lately and, as a result, I was curious about how a classic “Shepherd’s Pie” is made. This might be my inner teacher coming out, but prepare to learn!
According to Cook’s Info, a traditional Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb. It is cooked with onion and peas, then topped with mashed potatoes. If the dish is made with any meat other than lamb or mutton, it is called a Cottage Pie. Since I did not have any lamb (or mutton for that matter) on hand at home, I made a Sweet Potato Cottage Pie instead!
Regardless of what you call it, I now know why everyone is obsessed with this dish. It is addicting! I made this with fresh and natural ingredients that were on hand in my kitchen. The ground pork and turkey was leftover from a dish that I made earlier in the week (Unstuffed Cabbage), and Costco always has onions, carrots, diced tomatoes, sweet potatoes and peas on hand when we need them.
Even though it may not be the most beautiful dish I’ve ever made, it is so rich and mouthwatering. It’s pure comfort food…without the guilt! I encourage you to give this recipe a try this week. Let me know what you think by taking a picture and tagging Sweet Pea Living on Facebook and Instagram!
Sweet Potato Cottage Pie
- 3 sweet potatoes, skinned and diced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 large carrots (or 2 cups of baby carrots), cut into thin circular slices
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup beef stock (or vegetable stock)
- 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
- 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
- 1 tablespoon Arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
- 1 cup frozen peas
- salt, to taste
- Chopped green onion
- Fill a stockpot about ⅔ full with water. Place peeled and diced sweet potatoes in pot. Set aside.
- In a dutch oven or oven-safe skillet, heat EVOO and minced garlic over medium/high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Add carrot slices and diced onion. Sauté for about 3 minutes.
- Use spatula to push carrot slices and diced onion into outer rim of pot. Place ground pork and ground turkey into center of the pot. Cook the meat until all the pink is gone, stirring often to avoid burning.
- Once the meat is completely cooked, add the diced tomatoes, beef stock, cumin and oregano. Mix well and bring mixture to a boil. Whisk in Arrowroot powder. Lower heat. Leave uncovered for 20 minutes and simmer. Stir occasionally (and scrape the bottom of your pot) to avoid burning.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat the stockpot with sweet potatoes over high heat. After water begins to boil, let the sweet potatoes cook for 18-20 minutes until soft.
- Strain the sweet potatoes and return them to the empty stockpot. Mash with a spoon or potato masher.
- After the timer has ended, the liquid in the meat mixture should be reduced to a creamy sauce. Mix in frozen peas and salt to taste. Spoon the mashed sweet potatoes on top of the meat mixture and spread out using a spatula.
- Bake for 10 minutes in oven, uncovered. Then broil for 5 minutes on high (this gives it a great caramelized taste).
- Garnish with chopped green onions and enjoy!
Yields: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes