This is a similar recipe to my Meatloaf Cupcakes, but with more vegetables…
My kids absolutely love sweet potatoes and will eat them any way I fix them, so this is a good way to add in the extra veggies. This recipe also freezes well and re-heats well so it can be prepared ahead for busy nights.
Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipe (Family Favorite)
Yield 6 -8
I love this healthier take on Shepherd's pie with a creamy sweet potato topping! This is a family favorite at our house and my kids love helping make the layers.
- 2 (or more) pounds of ground beef, turkey or other meat
- 4-6 medium sized sweet potatoes
- 1 bag of frozen mixed veggies (no corn! It’s not a veggie!)
- 1-2 onions
- large handful of kale (a small bunch)
- 1 egg
- seasonings to taste (I used natural beef bouillon, basil, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and a little cayenne for meat and sea salt for sweet potatoes)
- 3-4 TBSP butter
- cream cheese to top (optional)
- Brown meat in large skillet and season to taste when cooked. Set aside.
- Saute diced onion and kale torn into small pieces in skillet until somewhat soft. Set aside with meat.
- Pour mixed veggies in the skillet to heat on low heat and in the meantime …
- For sweet potatoes: either bake ahead for about an hour or until soft, or boil about 10 minutes in large pot of water until soft. (Drain before using if boiled.) I usually cook during a previous meal when I'm already baking sweet potatoes and then just re-heat the night I make this.
- Mash sweet potatoes with butter and sea salt (or Himalayan salt) until smooth. (An immersion blender makes this go quickly!)
- Mixed veggies should be cooked by now.
- Mix the meat, onions mixed veggies, raw egg and any additional seasonings and put in bottom of 9×13 baking dish.
- Spread mashed sweet potato mixture over it until smooth.
- Bake at 350 for approximately 30 minutes.
- When done, top with a small dollop of cream cheese (optional).
Possible variation: Bake in pint-sized mason jars for easy packable lunches!
Ever make Shepherd’s Pie with sweet potatoes? How’d it turn out? Share below!