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Shepherd’s Pie Twice-Baked Potatoes Recipe

Shepherd’s Pie Twice-Baked Potatoes Recipe

This spin on stuffed potatoes makes for a satisfying meal. Serve with a green salad alongside it, and satisfaction's guaranteed even for those with the heartiest appetites.—Cyndy Gerken, Naples, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-3/4 hours Bake: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 large russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • TOPPINGS:
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives

Directions

  • 1. Scrub and pierce potatoes; rub with oil. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until tender.
  • 2. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion, peppers and garlic over medium heat until beef is no longer pink; drain. Add the mixed vegetables, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, steak seasoning, salt, pepper, cayenne and 1 teaspoon paprika. Cook and stir until vegetables are tender.
  • 3. When cool enough to handle, cut a thin slice off the top of each potato and discard. Scoop out the pulp, leaving thin shells.
  • 4. In a large bowl, mash the pulp with butter. Add the whipping cream, sour cream, cheeses and chives. Mash potatoes until combined. Spoon 1 cup meat mixture into each potato shell; top with 1/2 cup potato mixture. Sprinkle with remaining paprika.
  • 5. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until melted. Sprinkle with chives. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 stuffed potato: 986 calories, 56g fat (32g saturated fat), 183mg cholesterol, 1066mg sodium, 86g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 11g fiber), 37g protein

Reviews for Shepherd’s Pie Twice-Baked Potatoes

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"First of all, this recipe is easy to lighten up and if you are watching carbs, calories or fat you already know how to do that without being rude and complaining. Substitute either ground turkey, ground chicken or 97% ground sirloin, use chicken or beef stock rather than butter and cream, use reduced fat cheese. Sounds pretty simple to me, but, no, some would rather complain than use their heads for something other than a hat rack.

Secondly, it is a great recipe and I thoroughly enjoyed it after I lightened it up on my own without complaining about it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

"Looks awesome! Why does anyone think this has too many ingredients? Onions, garlic, peppers, a dash of this and that, a veggie, some cooked meat. Voila! Done. Not much different from making a casserole of Shepherd's Pie. Many recipes "read" complicated but then you find out they really aren't.

If you want low-cal or low-fat, or low-sodium, you know what to do to make it so. Just do it and quit complaining about the base recipe, for that's what this is. It's a base recipe, a starting point. ALL recipes are subject to tweaking. Nothing is written in stone.
As for beef vs. lamb, here in the USA on the east coast we happen to use beef. I grew up with the beef dish being called Shepherd's Pie. I am sure in England, Scotland, etc., it is called something different. Frankly, you can call it whatever you like as long as I get to have some! :-) I think it is a wonderful meal any way you make it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"TarryStowitts, why would you trash a recipe with only 1 star when you never even bothered to make it? If it has too many ingredients for you, use a different recipe instead of rating it as if it was terrible, when it was really quite tasty. Not everyone is too lazy to measure out a few extra ingredients. Shame on you for being so miserable."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"I'm looking at peoples reviews. You can get LOW FAT ingredients. My only complaint is that SHEPherds pie is SHEEP i.e. Lamb. Cottage Pie uses Beef. Sorry Don't mean to be rude."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"To many ingredients for the average person to bother with...simple and tasty is better in my opinion. I would not consider this at all"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2013

"As with any recipe that looks yummy to me, I tweaked this to make it healthier but still tasty! Any one that's half a cook would know how. Too bad there are some lousy cooks that didn't so gave this a bad rating!:("

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2013

"I can not believe how rude people think its ok to be when it's on the Internet and not to someone's face. If you don't want to make it, then don't. Why comment at all?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"It was very good. I put my own little twist in the meat, just my own spices that I like and it was very good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"I just read this recipe and realized that I have ground lamb in the freezer (from a local organic producer) and can't wait to try this! I may use lighter versions of some ingredients and fresh veggies instead of frozen, but his sounds delish! And again, it is the main meal, not a side dish."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"I believe that what some of the naysayers commenting haven't realized is that this dish is served as a main course served with a side Ie a salad. It is not a side in itself."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"" A heart attack waiting to happen". So is life; get over it and get on with it. For those that want someone to lighten it up, don't be so lazy and do that yourselves. Do you think the government should do it for you or do I smell a lawsuit coming?

Excellent as it stands but I will use ground lamb next time as suggested by another reviewer. (not arguing the difference between shepherd's and cottage pie - I just like the flavour of lamb better)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"I couldn't agree more with Chef_Dad! Too many people willing to make negative comments! TOH doesn't have to cater only to low fat eaters, or diabetics, or carb counters (etc.) Make adjustments to the recipe as you see fit and stop complaining! By the way, I think the recipe sounds delicious - and dianeivie: until you can spell "potato" correctly you have bigger worries than a calorie count."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"Would you people give it up already with the comments about the nutrition of the recipe. If you think it's not healthy then DON'T MAKE IT! Stop "reviewing" a recipe you're never going to try."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"a heart attack waiting to happen...good God, look at the calorie count! & the sodium!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"Carbs, Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, are you kidding? Lighten up!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2012

"Looking at the calorie count I would NOT make this recipe. Smarten it up and I'll try it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"I was really excited when I saw this was a recipe for Shepherd's Pie. Unfortunately, it turned out to be COTTAGE pie. Shepherd's pie is made with lamb (thus the name) while cottage pie is made with ground beef. Still tasty. Maybe I'll try it with ground lamb next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"This is a Rx for a heart attack in a plate!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"Not made it, but it sounds good! The calories are high yes, but I'm sure you can substitute low fat milk for the heavy cream, use margarine instead of butter, low fat/low cal sour cream and reduce the amount of cheese. I may have to try this now :D"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"This sounded really good, but when I looked at the nutrition information I almost had a heart attack! This is definitely is a recipe that needs to be made over by TOH!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"The list of ingredients is intimidating! The calorie count is 2/3 of what I eat in a day. I made one recipe with all ingredients & no substitutions & my non picky husband said not to bother with it again"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"This sounds really good, but @ 936 calories per potatoe?? Won't consider it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"it need to cut down on the carb and omg the calorie is high. it could cut in half."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2012

"Instead of mashing the potato pulp I left it "chunky" and lightly tossed it with the butter, then gently mixed it into the meat mixture, omitting the cream and sour cream. I then used this to stuff the potato shells, topping with cheese as per the recipe. It was very good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 24, 2011

"When dinner time came I was too busy to make the twice-baked potatos, so I just made mashed instead, transferred the meat mix to a casserole dish and topped with potatos and cheese. This is my favorite combo of spices for a sheperd's pie."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 24, 2011

"When dinner time came I was too busy to make the twice-baked potatos, so I just made mashed instead, transferred the meat mix to a casserole dish and topped with potatos and cheese. This is my favorite combo of spices for a sheperd's pie."

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