This is a recipe my Irish aunt gave me. Her husband is Italian, and she developed this recipe to blend things they both like. It is a variation of Shepherd's Pie. For richer flavor, substitute beef broth for water in gravy.

NikkHoff
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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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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.

  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir Italian sausage until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer sausage to prepared casserole dish. Drain drippings and reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in the skillet.

  • Melt 2 tablespoons margarine in a separate skillet over medium heat; cook and stir apple and onion slices until tender, about 8 minutes. Place apple and onion in casserole dish with sausage.

  • Lightly stir sausage, apple, and onion together; season with salt, black pepper, and oregano.

  • Brown flour in reserved drippings in skillet over medium heat. Whisk water into flour until thick gravy forms, about 3 minutes.

  • Pour gravy over sausage mixture in the casserole dish; spread mashed potatoes over the top with a spoon, creating peaks. Lightly brush mashed potatoes with 1 tablespoon melted margarine.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until the potatoes are lightly browned and the sausage mixture is bubbling, about 30 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

415 calories; 27.2 g total fat; 36 mg cholesterol; 1019 mg sodium. 30.5 g carbohydrates; 12.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2012
I really enjoyed this for dinner and am so glad I gave it a try! Sicne it was not specified, I chose to use braeburn apples which I love for cooking. I did make a few minor changes. I had some carrots that were shredded and needed to be used, so I added them to the onion/apple sautee. Also, I used turkey italian sausage intead of traditional, because I prefer it. Since turkey has less fat, I needed to augment the droppings with a bit of chicken broth to get a gravy. I will definitely make this again! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2012
I really enjoyed this for dinner and am so glad I gave it a try! Sicne it was not specified, I chose to use braeburn apples which I love for cooking. I did make a few minor changes. I had some carrots that were shredded and needed to be used, so I added them to the onion/apple sautee. Also, I used turkey italian sausage intead of traditional, because I prefer it. Since turkey has less fat, I needed to augment the droppings with a bit of chicken broth to get a gravy. I will definitely make this again! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2012
I really enjoyed this for dinner and am so glad I gave it a try! Sicne it was not specified, I chose to use braeburn apples which I love for cooking. I did make a few minor changes. I had some carrots that were shredded and needed to be used, so I added them to the onion/apple sautee. Also, I used turkey italian sausage intead of traditional, because I prefer it. Since turkey has less fat, I needed to augment the droppings with a bit of chicken broth to get a gravy. I will definitely make this again! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
10/12/2012
This was really tasty! I used chicken broth instead of water in the gravy since we didn't have beef broth. Otherwise I followed the recipe as written. Next time I think I'll go up to 1 1/2 or 2lbs of sausage just because my family really likes meaty dishes. Also since everything is already cooked and it doesn't really need to bake other than for browning the potatoes I'll probably broil it in the oven for about 5 minutes. Very yummy dish and definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2014
My guys really loved this one! I didn't use the apple because I didn't have any on hand, but will add it next time. I did saute some diced red pepper with the onions, and made the gravy with chicken broth because I didn't have any beef broth. But next time I make this I will be more prepared and make sure I have those items on hand. However... my guys were very happy (husband is Irish, lol) and were excited about taking the left overs for lunch the next day, so a 5 star recipe this is!! Thank you for this one, NikkHoff! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2015
I really liked this recipe! I make beef shepherds pie often, so it was a really nice change of pace with the sausage and apples. It was very moist and had a wonderful flavor. I will be making this one again for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2015
Followed exactly with the exception of topping. I used sweet potato mash dusted with nutmeg. Also beef stock in the gravy. Subbed basil for oregano….not exactly "exactly" huh? Love this dish! Thanks so much- Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2016
Made this using venison mild sausage. I HATE venison but trying to oblige the men in the house. Followed the recipe as written except made my mashed potatoes to my liking. Excellent recipe! The men loved it and I was just impressed with the sweet & savory combo. Could hardly tell it was venison. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2013
LOVE this recipe! I was nervous about the apples/onion combo but I'm so glad I decided to try it. The apples give the whole dish just a little bit of sweetness - its perfect. Very easy to make and just as delicious as leftovers. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2014
This dish was excellent! It was easy to prepare and a crown pleaser. I used chicken broth instead if the water and used the instant garlic mashed potatoes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2016
This is tasty:). I did make a few tweaks....added peas and carrots cooked just about equal parts ground beef and sausage (beef being a little more) and for the gravy mix...used 1 cup Guinness with 1 cup water vs. the Stock. As for the base of recipe I especially liked how the onion and apple flavour complimented the sausage in the dish. This was fantastic! Hubbie loved it too. This recipe is awesome - thank you:) Read More