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Sweet Potato-Cauliflower Shepherd's Pie

Rated as 4.7 out of 5 Stars

"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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1 h 35 m servings 366
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

Per Serving: 366 calories; 22.7 21.9 19 69 1047 Full nutrition

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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 ...

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 pas...

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...

I used ground chicken and it needed more spice. Very easy to make.

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...

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.

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!