This is a Moroccan take on shepherd's pie. Delicious combinations of savory and sweet, with lamb and turmeric simmered with cinnamon, raisins, and sweet potato. This dish also looks pleasant and each happy eater gets their own ramekin!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray four 10-ounce ramekins with cooking spray.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat.

  • Sprinkle lamb evenly with 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir lamb in the hot oil until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer lamb to a bowl. Cook and stir onion in the same skillet until slightly softened, about 3 minutes; add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  • Stir tomato paste into onion mixture until evenly coated, about 30 seconds. Pour broth and water into onion mixture; bring to a boil, scraping skillet with a wooden spoon to loosen browned bits of food. Return lamb to skillet.

  • Stir remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin, olives, raisins, honey, cayenne pepper, turmeric, and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon into lamb mixture. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until lamb is fully cooked and flavors have blended, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in peas.

  • Place sweet potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and cool for 5 minutes. Transfer sweet potatoes to a bowl and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 3/8 teaspoon cinnamon. Beat potato mixture with a hand mixer on high speed until smooth. Add egg; beat until incorporated.

  • Spoon lamb mixture into each ramekin; spread sweet potato mixture over lamb mixture. Place ramekins on a baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

425 calories; protein 25.5g 51% DV; carbohydrates 60.3g 19% DV; fat 10.2g 16% DV; cholesterol 101.8mg 34% DV; sodium 586.3mg 24% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2015
This is a great recipe and super flexible! I used ground beef and ras al hanout Moroccan spice instead of the spices listed in the recipe. Ras al hanout is a Moroccan spice. So you get everything in it. I also used corn instead of peas and added a little honey to the sweet potatoes. The flavor was amazing. A perfect blend of sweet and savory. For presentation purposes I sprinkled a little spice on the top for color and texture. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/30/2020
! made this last night looking for a change from regular shepherd's pie which we have quite often. I used ground lamb but otherwise followed the recipe. We found it pleasant tasting but the gravy was a bit too runny and the flavor a bit odd. I probably will not make this again. Read More
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2015
"It's a keeper!" commented my husband. I didn't have ramekins, so prepared it in a slow cooker liner. Doubled the recipe for a potluck of 14 adults. Added carrots, increased amount of peas due to slightly smaller amount of meat on hand. Did not use all the whipped sweet potatoes, so next time I'll cook fewer of those. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2015
This is a great recipe and super flexible! I used ground beef and ras al hanout Moroccan spice instead of the spices listed in the recipe. Ras al hanout is a Moroccan spice. So you get everything in it. I also used corn instead of peas and added a little honey to the sweet potatoes. The flavor was amazing. A perfect blend of sweet and savory. For presentation purposes I sprinkled a little spice on the top for color and texture. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/22/2017
This was to sweet for me... if I ever make it again I will have to add more heat and maybe add some lemon juice to balance that overly sweet flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2019
My husband and I both really enjoyed this meal. I followed the recipe pretty much as called for though I did use chopped sirloin only because I don t care for lamb. I added a few more peas than called for and all in all it was pretty tasty! Thanks so much for the recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2017
Awesome recipe! Used Japanese sweet potatoes and added chopped carrots and celery. Also recommended using the water from the sweet potatoes for stock. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2020
! made this last night looking for a change from regular shepherd's pie which we have quite often. I used ground lamb but otherwise followed the recipe. We found it pleasant tasting but the gravy was a bit too runny and the flavor a bit odd. I probably will not make this again. Read More
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