French Leek and Ham Shepherd's Pie


This is a very tasty dish and a different way of making a shepherd's pie. Ham, leeks, and potatoes baked in a creamy mashed potato crust.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 servings


  • 2 ¼ pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • salt and pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 ½ pounds leeks, sliced

  • 2 medium tomatoes - peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped

  • 1 ½ pounds cooked ham, thinly sliced

  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten

  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly oil a 2 quart casserole dish.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool and chop. Stir in the cream, butter, nutmeg, salt, and pepper and mash until smooth.

  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the onion until translucent. Stir in the leek and cook another minute until the leek is soft, but not brown. Mix in the peeled tomatoes, lower the heat, and simmer five minutes, stirring occasionally until the tomatoes have lost some of their shape. Stir in the ham and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Spread half of the mashed potatoes on the bottom of the casserole dish. Pour in the ham and leek sauce and cover with the remaining mashed potatoes. Brush the surface of the mashed potatoes with the beaten egg yolk. Sprinkle on the shredded mozzarella. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

675 Calories
41g Fat
50g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 675
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 17g 86%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 1572mg 68%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 94mg 468%
Calcium 159mg 12%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1421mg 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.