Sweet Shepherds Pie

Calling it a Sweet Shepherds Pie may get the kids running for dinner!

Just add sweet potatoes to the topping of a regular shepherds pie for a different taste experience. They also add some colour to the plain white of standard potatoes.

The difference in taste is quite impressive and it does, at least in my opinion, make what is already a great meal even better. Just had a few veggies of your choice on the side of the serving plate to finish it all off.

Ingredients

  • 1 portion Sweet Potato Mash
  • 500g/1lb ground beef (see notes below)
  • 1 large brown or red onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped into largish chunks
  • 275ml/½pt Beef Stock
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 small glass of red wine (about 200ml)
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • (Optional)100g/4oz Grated Cheese

Method

  1. Get the Sweet Potato Mash on to cook. It will take slightly less time to cook than the meat and vegetable mixture. That gives a little time for it to be mashed and cool a little for easier handling.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan then add in the minced beef, carrots, onion and garlic. Stir so the meat is beginning to brown and the onion is beginning to soften.
  3. Add in the soy sauce and the tomato paste. Stir until they are both fully absorbed.
  4. Pour in the glass of red wine and simmer until this too is absorbed.
  5. Add in the beef stock plus salt and pepper to taste then simmer gently for 20-30 minutes to reduce the liquid.
  6. Pre-heat the oven to 425°F/220°C/Gas Mark 7
  7. Place the meat mixture into an oven-proof baking dish then top with the Sweet Potato Mash. Optionally add grated cheese over the mash then carefully place in the hot oven. Around 45 minutes should get the base nicely cooked through and the topping nicely crusted.
  8. Serve with your choice of freshly steamed vegetables.

Notes

Now is anybody going to call me on why this is not a Shepherds Pie? It really has another name yet most would use Shepherds Pie for this. I will leave people to ponder this one.

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