Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie


This sweet potato Shepherd's pie is possibly even tastier than the classic version. A delicious oven-baked dish combining minced lamb, mashed sweet potatoes and cheese.

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Sweet potato Shepherd's pie
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2021-11-19, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 1 hours 10 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 05-01-2023

1 hours 10 minutes 4 people Main course
Sweet potato Shepherd's pie


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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 500 grams of minced lamb
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • knob of butter
  • splash of milk
  • 2 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 350 ml chicken stock
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • One and a half teaspoons of tomato purée
  • 240 ml red wine
  • Large handful of grated Parmesan
Sweet potato Shepherd's pie ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • cheese grater
  • chopping board + chef's knife
  • large frying pan
  • wooden spoon
  • vegetable peeler
  • oven
  • large baking dish
  • fine sieve + large spoon or potato masher

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

1 hours 10 minutes 4 people Main course

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Preparation – 45 minutes

Grate the onion, carrot and 2 garlic cloves and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Fry the minced lamb for about 5 minutes over medium-high heat.

Add the grated onion, carrots and garlic and cook for a few more minutes.

Add the worcestershire sauce, tomato purée and the sprigs of rosemary and thyme. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously.

Sweet potato Shepherd's pie
Sweet potato Shepherd's pie

Pour in 240 ml of red wine and reduce until it has almost completely evaporated. Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Cook until the lamb mixture has thickened.

Meanwhile, peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into pieces. Boil the sweet potato in the large pan. Drain and mash the sweet potatoes; you can do this by rubbing them through a fine sieve using a large (soup) spoon, or with a potato masher.

Add a knob of butter and a small splash of milk and mix to a smooth purée. Stir in a little bit of grated parmesan. Season the purée and lamb mixture with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to a temperature of 180 degrees celsius.

Finishing the shepherd's pie with sweet potato – 25 minutes

Remove the thyme and rosemary sprigs and spread the lamb mince over the bottom of the baking dish. Top with a layer of sweet potato purée and sprinkle with extra parmesan.

Bake the shepherd's pie in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Enjoy your meal!

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Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie: frequently asked questions

Can I substitute the minced lamb?

You can replace the minced lamb with minced beef or half-and-half combination of beef and pork mince, but then it won't be a “shepherd's pie” anymore. Using minced beef makes it a “cottage pie”.

Can I use other cheeses?

You can replace the Parmesan with another type of grated cheese, such as Grana padano, Cheddar  or Gruyère.