12 Twists on Shepherd's Pie
Few things more comforting than meat, gravy, and vegetables slathered with a thick, creamy topping of mashed potatoes (or other starch). Although shepherd's pie is easy to make from basic pantry and freezer staples, it can be anything but boring. Try these takes on an old favorite for a quick and easy supper tonight.
Upside-Down Shepherd's Pie
This super-speedy dish flips traditional shepherd's pie on its head — literally. Simply simmer cooked ground beef with root vegetables, herbs, and a gravy made from beef stock and flour. Microwave cubed potatoes until soft, then mash with milk and top with the beef mixture.
Easy Tex-Mex Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd's pie just got easier. This comfort dish takes advantage of a few shortcuts that don’t lesson the flavor or quality of the meal, like refrigerated mashed potatoes and pico de gallo, so you can get dinner on the table fast. Make sure to brown your meat nicely, since it builds flavor. Substitute cheddar cheese for pepper jack, if you prefer it.
Meatball Shepherd's Pie
Cauliflower Shepherd's Pie
Nobody would dare turn down a dish this savory or satisfying. The mixture of Yukon potatoes and cauliflower makes for a topping that’s almost velvety, while the combination of lamb and meat provides A-plus flavor and taste. Lamb tenderloin can be hard to find, but you can buy lamb chops or lamb rib chops and cut the meat off the bone—or, you could substitute more beef for the lamb and turn this into a cauliflower cottage pie.
Shepherd's Pie with Potato Crust
Easy Shepherd's Pie
There's no shame in shortcuts! Six ingredients are all you need for this streamlined shepherd's pie: ground beef, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, frozen veggies, shredded cheese, and prepared mashed potatoes.
Moroccan Shepherd's Pie
Sweet potatoes provide a nice foil for the full-flavored lamb, tangy olives, and earthy spices. You can also bake the entire mixture in an 8-inch square baking dish. Assemble up to a day ahead, cover, refrigerate, and bake just before serving.
One-Pan Portabella Mushroom Shepherd's Pie
Pumpkin Shepherd's Pie
Brilliant orange roasted pumpkin replaces the traditional mashed-potato topping here, giving new life to classic English pub grub.
Keto Shepherd’s Pie
Swapping in a cheesy cauliflower mash for carb-rich white potatoes makes this family favorite keto-friendly, while keeping it every bit as hearty and comforting as you want a shepherd’s pie to be.
Pastel de Choclo (Beef and Corn Shepherd's Pie)
Like a Chilean shepherd's pie, pastel de choclo tops spiced ground beef with a puréed corn crust. You can prepare the pies through step 5 up to 1 day ahead; cover and chill. It may take up to 10 minutes longer to bake the cold pies, and broiling may not be needed to brown tops. Use purchased refrigerated grilled chicken breast pieces or grill your own.
Lentil Shepherd's Pie
The bulgur releases just enough starch to bind the lentil- and mushroom-packed filling together. The skin of the potato contains about half the total fiber; we love the rustic edge and earthiness it adds to our creamy tater topper.