Shepherd's Pie Lily Style

While I was visiting, I was so lucky to be able to eat lots of the good food that Lily & Carl were cooking. One of the dishes was a delicious shepherd's pie. Traditionally, it's cooked with lamb, but I am happy that we chose ground beef, as I am not a big fan of lamb meat. Also, instead of mashed potatoes, we used fancy mashed sweet potatoes - a very tasty little variation.


  • 1l salt water
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 500 g ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 big onion - diced
  • 2 leeks - sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper - diced
  • 3 carrots - sliced
  • 1 can peas
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes (possible substitutes: tomato paste, marinara sauce, ketchup)
  • paprika, salt, pepper, oregano


Preheat oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit.
  1. Peel and cut the sweet potatoes in 2 inch cubes. Boil in salt water for 20 min or till soft. Drain, add butter and salt, and smash. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the ground beef and fry for 3-5 min. Add the garlic and onions and fry for another 3-5 min. Stir in leeks, bell pepper and carrots and fry for 10 min. Add salt, pepper, oregano and paprika to taste. When carrots are almost soft, add the peas and corn and heat up for 2 more minutes. Add tomatoes and stir.
  3. Fill the ground beef mix in a baking dish. Top it off with a layer of the mashed sweet potatoes. Bake in the oven for about 30 min, till the top gets a golden brown shimmer. Let cool for 10 min before serving. 

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