Rating: 4.52 stars
44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

This a savory dish filled with ground elk, an array of vegetables, and delicious mashed potatoes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
1 9-inch pan
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two, then mash with salt, pepper, 2 tablespoons butter, and half-and-half; set aside.

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Meanwhile, stir together the elk meat, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a skillet over medium-high heat until crumbly and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Spread the cooked elk meat into a 9-inch pie plate or baking dish and return the skillet to the stove over medium heat.

  • Place the onion, parsnip, and garlic powder in the skillet, season to taste with salt and pepper, and cook until the turnip has softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the mixed vegetables and cook an additional 5 minutes, then spread in the pie plate over the elk. Finally, spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the top, and brush the melted butter on the potatoes.

  • Bake in preheated oven until the potatoes begin to turn golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

358 calories; protein 15g; carbohydrates 56.6g; fat 9.1g; cholesterol 39.9mg; sodium 106.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (37)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2009
Great recipe but make sure to be liberal with the salt and pepper. The recipe to add says to taste but game meat contains no salt so don't be afraid to put extra on. I also made an herb brown gravy to touch it up with and it was very nice! Read More
(30)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/06/2012
I did not care for this recipe. Followed exactly. seasoned exactly. Read More
(4)
44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2009
Great recipe but make sure to be liberal with the salt and pepper. The recipe to add says to taste but game meat contains no salt so don't be afraid to put extra on. I also made an herb brown gravy to touch it up with and it was very nice! Read More
(30)
Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2008
Wow this recipe is fantastic!! I'm not a meat eater to be honest but I made this for friends and family becaue I was given several pounds of elk from a neighbor. I made some for myself sans the elk and I was amazed at how delicious parsnips are. I followed the recipe to a T for everyone and they raved about the elk version. I felt especially proud that I can still cook a "meat" dish that tastes delicious. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!! Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2009
This is a great recipe! I made a few slight changes - instead of frozen veggies I used fresh (asparagus red bell pepper broccoli and carrots). I also added minced garlic along with the garlic powder. We are always looking for good game meat recipes and this is definately a keeper!! Read More
(19)
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2008
my husband loves shepherds pie. I made this with ground moose. It was delicious! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2010
Great recipe. Pretty much followed it with the exception that I used minced garlic instead of garlic powder. My picky daughter really likes this recipe and actually haves seconds. Big hit for the whole family.. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2010
This was great! I used a whole pound of elk meat and used a casserole dish. Four potatoes was still a lot to pile on top. My ten month old ate like a man and even loved the parsnip! I wasn't comfortable salting it as much as it needed with the baby eating with us but just left the salt shaker out and it was fine. Read More
(10)
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2010
My family loved this recipe!! I did make a couple of changes though. I used ground beef instead of the elk I used 2 large cloves of fresh garlic in place of the garlic powder and after spreading the melted butter on the potatoes my daughter grated a light layer of asiago on top. Delish!! Because I have to feed a large family I doubled the recipe and baked this in a deep casserole dish. This is a fantastic recipe and my family has requested that it be served regularly. (Next time I will make a gravy with the meat layer.) Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2012
Good recipe... But technically, wouldn't this be "Hunter's Pie"? Just a thought. Shepherd's pie is lamb. You know... From the "Shepherd's" flock. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2009
I don't really have access to ground elk so I just used ground beef and this was absolutely delicious. I have a daughter with celiac disease and this recipe is also gluten free. Excellent dish that has made my recipe rotation. Thank you for a fantastic recipe without processed foods and cream soups! Read More
(8)
Rating: 1 stars
08/06/2012
I did not care for this recipe. Followed exactly. seasoned exactly. Read More
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