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Two-Potato Shepherd’s Pie

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.
  • Makes
    2 casseroles (4 servings each)


  • 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 zest
  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stir orange juice, orange zest, nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper into skillet. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is evaporated.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Transfer meat mixture to two greased 8-in. square baking dishes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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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  • Jerry
    May 9, 2020

    Nic, Re-read step three. After draining the mixture in step 3, you ADD the juice, etc. TO the skillet with the beef, sausage, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onion and garlic. THEN boil until the fluids are evaporated. I had to read it several times, too. I'll admit that it's not easily understood as written.

  • Nic
    Apr 9, 2020

    This recipe is unique in the fact that I've never quite seen a menagerie of ingredients such as what was included here. It tastes good, but I take huge issue with the way the recipe is literally written. First, there is no step between Step 3 and Step 4! The instructions don't say what specifically you're to do with the dried up, evaporated sludge you've boiled down in Step 3. Do you put the meat mixture into that? Scrape the sludge off into the meat mixture? What exactly IS that next step? Secondly, I realize that the recipe is written so as to give a choice between the white/sweet potatoes (the "and/or" in the ingredient list), but it might be beneficial for the readers to know DON'T PUT MUSTARD, BROWN SUGAR AND VINEGAR IN THE POTATOES IF YOU OPT TO USE WHITE POTATOES ONLY. These ingredients would be a good addition to sweet potatoes, but good lord don't put it in the white potatoes! There is nothing to differentiate the difference in these instructions and it could absolutely ruin the recipe if followed it as written. This was way more frustrating than it had to be, only because of the way the recipe was written.

  • JL
    Dec 23, 2019

    Sorry, have to concur with Anthony. Shepherds Pie is a lamb dish (clue is in the name) and Cottage Pie is Beef. Different dishes. Not two names for one dish.

  • Antony
    Feb 12, 2019

    Sorry Marie, but I have to correct you about the cottage pie and shepards pie, cottage pie is made with beef mince and topped with cheese for the roof, and shepards pie is made with lamb mince.

  • princesskallie
    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
    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
    Mar 23, 2012

    Absolutely terrific when cooking for the elderly. This dish has great flavor, textures and is easy on the denturesThe vinegar adds a great flavor to the pototoes, and it does freeze/thaw well.

  • NeverBored08
    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
    Feb 16, 2012

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