Sweet Potato and Venison Shepherd's Pie


A hearty, warming, and comforting venison shepherd's pie that's perfect for opening day!

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
6 servings



  • 1 large sweet potato

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoons milk, or more as needed

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon dried sage

  • 1 pinch freshly ground nutmeg

  • ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • salt to taste

  • 1 pound ground venison

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

  • ½ teaspoon dried sage

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • cup dry white wine

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 cup frozen peas


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Pierce the sweet potato several times with a fork and wrap in aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet.

  3. Roast in the preheated oven until sweet potato is fork-tender, 70 to 90 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool enough to handle, 5 to 10 minutes.

  4. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate and place on a rimmed baking sheet to prevent bubbling over.

  5. Peel skin off the sweet potato and place flesh into a large bowl. Add butter, milk, salt, pepper, sage, and nutmeg. Beat using an electric mixer until ingredients are combined. Mix in Cheddar cheese gently. Set aside.

  6. Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sprinkle with salt. Cook until vegetables have softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add venison, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, and sage. Stir to combine, breaking up any large pieces of venison. Cook until venison is no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes.

  7. Stir flour into the pot and cook for 1 minute. Pour in white wine and stir to loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook until wine has reduced slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in broth. Allow mixture to come to a simmer; continue to cook until filling has thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in peas. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as necessary. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

  8. Pour filling into the prepared pie plate. Top with sweet potato mixture and spread gently across the top, covering most of the filling.

  9. Bake in the preheated oven until top is set and filling is bubbling, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Cook's Notes:

To save time, you can boil the sweet potato instead of roasting.

Use any kind of cheese you like for the topping.

For a crispier topping, make sure to use a broiler-safe pan and place the pie under the broiler for a few minutes after baking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

358 Calories
14g Fat
30g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 358
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 445mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 156mg 12%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 639mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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