Two-Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Total TimePrep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.
Makes2 casseroles (4 servings each)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Delicious! The flavors are wonderful. Usually have to poor ketchup on my shepherd's pie, but not this one!