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Two-Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Two-Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Shepherd's pie has another name, cottage pie, and mashed potatoes have another alternative - sweet potatoes. Whatever you call it, there's enough in the recipe to bake one casserole and freeze the other for up to three months. Did we mention Cumberland pie is a cousin, but with bread crumbs on top? —Marcie Brooks-Smith, Fort Collins, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 5 large potatoes and/or sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1/2 pound medium fresh mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar


  • 1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the beef, sausage, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender; drain.
  • 3. Stir orange juice, orange peel, nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper into skillet. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is evaporated.
  • 4. Preheat oven to 350°. Transfer meat mixture to two greased 8-in. square baking dishes.
  • 5. Drain potatoes and place in a large bowl. Add mustard, brown sugar, vinegar and remaining salt and pepper; mash until smooth. Spread over meat mixture.
  • 6. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until heated through.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casserole up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 20-25 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (4 servings each).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 410 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 573mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 8g fiber), 19g protein.

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princesskallie User ID: 1207624 165868
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"My family really did not like this recipe. I liked it's bones, but not the final product. If I were to ever make this again, I would cut down on the orange zest and the nutmeg - both made it too bitter. I may take bits and pieces of this recipe (the sweet potatoes mixed w/regular, the dijon/rice vinegar in the mashed spuds, etc.) and come up with something more similar in taste to regular shepherd's pie as I won't be using this recipe as is"

vr6woman User ID: 6666409 100498
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"This is a twist on Shepard's pie with sweet potato...Orange is a great pairing with sweet potato as any chef, including Gordon Ramsay would tell you. Consult the book Culinary Artistry and see for yourself. If you would like to stray from a traditional sheperd's pie, try it then comment."

J9kitty User ID: 5889283 182353
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2012

"Absolutely terrific when cooking for the elderly. This dish has great flavor, textures and is easy on the dentures

The vinegar adds a great flavor to the pototoes, and it does freeze/thaw well."

NeverBored08 User ID: 6445151 106417
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"I followed the recipe exactly - even added the dijon mustard which my family doesn't usually like, and using half sweet potatoes and half regular. It was fine, but we decided to stick with only white potatoes for our Shepherd's pie in the future. Since you can't have Two-Potato Shepherd's pie without using two varieties of potatoes, we won't be having this again."

h_g00de User ID: 6535421 186262
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"Delicious! The flavors are wonderful. Usually have to poor ketchup on my shepherd's pie, but not this one!"

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