A lighter version of traditional British shepherd's pie using sweet potatoes and cauliflower, the perfect blend of sweet and savory.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Sweet Potato Cauliflower Layer:
Ground Beef Layer:
Topping:

Directions

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

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  • Place sweet potatoes in a pot and add water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes. Add cauliflower and more water if needed; cook until all vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes more. Drain. Mash sweet potatoes and cauliflower with 1/4 cup broth, butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots and onion; saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper; cook 5 minutes more. Add beef; cook and stir until browned and crumbly, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Sprinkle tapioca starch over the beef mixture in the skillet. Add 1 cup broth, peas, corn, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Spread beef mixture evenly in a baking dish. Top with mashed sweet potato mixture. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until slightly browned on top, about 25 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes:

If you are not avoiding gluten, you can use flour in place of the tapioca starch.

You can use all mashed cauliflower or all sweet potatoes, if you prefer. You can also use all regular potatoes. Just be sure to use the same total amount of whichever vegetable you choose.

Nutrition Facts

366 calories; protein 19g; carbohydrates 21.9g; fat 22.7g; cholesterol 69mg; sodium 1046.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2018
I used 2 lbs of ground beef about 1 1/2 lbs of sweet potatoes a whole head of cauliflower and a 1 lb pkg of frozen mixed vegetables. I adjusted broth and butter because of the "extra" too. A nice change from regular shepherd's pie and I'll fix this again. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2018
I used 2 lbs of ground beef about 1 1/2 lbs of sweet potatoes a whole head of cauliflower and a 1 lb pkg of frozen mixed vegetables. I adjusted broth and butter because of the "extra" too. A nice change from regular shepherd's pie and I'll fix this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2019
Loved it. Used ghee instead of butter and omitted the cheese. Used all sweet potato. Used frozen corn and peas cause that was all I had. Was tastier than I anticipated! Recommend trying ghee if you can I like the flavor. Next time will try with another fat. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2020
The family really liked it. I used three yams and half a head of cauliflower for the top. Had leftover tasty pulled pork that I used instead of the ground beef so was able to skip the tomato paste. My kid says he hates cauliflower so I didn't tell him about it until after he devoured it! Next time I will try it with more garlic and maybe some brussel sprouts too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2021
This is Awesome! Although, I use yellow potatoes and cauliflower. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2018
This was a hit! I made it per the recipe (although I'm really not much of a measurer!)... The serving dish was scraped clean! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/06/2018
I used ground chicken and it needed more spice. Very easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2018
I added 1/2 tsp dried rosemary 1 tsp thyme and a bay leaf to the carrot and meat mixture to give the filling a little flavor. I added a little more butter to the sweet potato/cauliflower mix. I also added the tomato paste before the broth cooking It with the beef carrots onions and seasoning. That helps to season the mixture and removes that 'tinny' flavor that tomato paste can have. It turned out really good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2018
Made it just as it is and it was delicious. Great comments from my family.will definitely make again. A great twist on an old favourite. Read More
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