This is my three cheers for shepherd’s pie casserole recipe. It’s a nice variation of the classic dish! Yams top a layer of kale with grass-fed beef in broth, spices, onions and corn at the base of this delicious meal!!
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Shepherd’s Pie and what it means to me
I had shepherd’s pie years ago and I didn’t like it, to begin with. However, maybe I was just in a mood. In fact, maybe that day I didn’t want my veggies mixed with meat and potatoes. Or maybe I just didn’t like shepherd’s pie.
Over the years, I would listen to my sister Robyn tell me many times that she had baked her family a shepherd’s pie and that it was delicious. At that point, I’d figuratively turn my nose up in the air and pooh – pooh the news in my head.
Years later, we go to my sister-in-law’s for an overnight visit. She pays to have a fully cooked gourmet meal sent to her house every week. The week we visit, it is shepherd’s pie. She offers to share it with us for dinner.
At this point, I think, “Oh, joy!”
I am a good guest though so I dutifully take a bite.
Surprisingly, I am loving it. Between bites, I am also asking questions about it.
- What do you think she used in the gravy? (SIL doesn’t know)
- What kind of cheese is this? (Cheddar)
- Did she cook the kale first? (Shoulder shrugs)
Hence, I decide I am going to wing it. How hard can it be? Besides, I’m rather clever so I’m sure I could figure it out.
And I do!
So, I cheer with my metaphorical pom-poms and short skirt and the rest is history.
And speaking of, here are a few of the other casseroles I’ve blogged about that are beloved by my family:
On to the Cheer for Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
Firstly, I preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pictured above, we have some delicious grass-fed beef, an onion, some beef broth and two freshly baked yams.
Lastly, I cut up the freshly cooked yams in slices and get the corn out of the freezer.
Start Layering the Shepherd’s Pie
I add broth and the corn to the meat mixture. I simmer it for 2 minutes and pour it into the baking dish. Next, I get the kale and sliced yams.
I take a few handfuls of kale and place them on top of the meat mixture.
I layer the yams on the kale and shred some cheddar cheese on top. I don’t take the skins off the yams but you can if you prefer to.
By the way, here’s another option: you can either spread out the yams by using your knife or you can leave them the way I did in the photo above. I’ve done it both ways so I need to bake this shepherd’s pie at least 12 more times before I can be sure which way is best.
Finally, I pop the shepherd’s pie into the oven and bake it for 25 minutes.
While I’m waiting, I make a salad. When the shepherd’s pie is done, I let it sit for a few minutes and then plate it with a few asparagus spears.
And the next time my sister Robyn tells me that shepherd’s pie is delicious, I will nod my head, knowingly.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Christopher and I certainly enjoy this meal.
Also, please leave me a comment. Do you like shepherd’s pie? I would love to know.
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A healthy take on shepherd’s pie! So tasty with yams instead of potatoes!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 pound ground grass-fed beef
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 2 teaspoons garlic paste or 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
- Few handfuls of kale
- 2 baked yams, cut into thin slices, lengthwise
- 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- Baking dish
- Preheat oven to 375 F
- Heat up your sauté pan or wok on medium heat
- Add oil
- Add onions and sauté for 5 minutes
- Add beef, salt, cumin, oregano and garlic paste and sauté for 5 more minutes
- Add broth and let it come to a simmer
- Add corn and cook for 2 minutes
- Pour meat mixture in baking dish
- Spread kale over meat mixture
- Place yam slices over kale covering it completely
- Sprinkle cheddar over yams
- Bake for 25 minutes
- Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into the shepherd’s pie
- Plate with a veggie
The yams take 50 minutes to bake. I won’t add the time. You can slice into the yam with a sharp knife at least 6 times and cover with foil. Bake at 375 for 50 minutes. You can bake the yams a few hours before you make the shepherd’s pie.
- Serving Size: 3 inch square
- Calories: 319