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Yam Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie . . . what can I say about it? You love it or hate it. I think it's a great family meal if you introduce the kids to it early . . . that's the trick. It's also a great potluck casserole and just plain comfort food.
  • 3 large potato sized yams
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup water mixed with 2 tablespoons flour
  1. Cook yams in salted water until soft. Drain. Mash, adding in milk and butter.
  2. Cook meat until browned and crumbly.
  3. Stir in onion, carrots, celery and green pepper, cooking until soft, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, tomato paste, seasonings, bay leaf and water. Cook 45 minutes. 
  5. Shake up water and flour in a small jar and add to meat. Stir in peas and cook another 5 minutes.
  6. Spread into deep dish pie plate or 5 cup casserole dish.
  7. Beat egg white and fold into mashed yams.
  8. Spread over meat and bake 30 minutes at 350° F.
Can be made ahead, refrigerated or frozen and baked when needed.
If frozen, thaw in refrigerator for the day.
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  1. Oh, it looks so delightful!
    A great recipe with wonderful ingredients!
    Thanks so much!
    Blessings, Siret

  2. Yes, this looks delicious! Creamy mashed potatoes and ground turkey (85/15) would probably make a welcome change-up. Make it another great day.

  3. This looks great--thanks for sharing!

    Many blessings from A Wise Woman Builds Her Home!

  4. I know...I'm going to love it :D
    xoxoxoxox, Flavia

  5. Love that you used sweet potatoes for this recipe!!! It looks wonderful.

  6. I love this recipe. Just a quick question. Do you let the mashed sweet potatoes cool a bit before adding in the egg white?

    1. Good Question! My yams were cooled down - at least somewhat. I think you could even leave the egg white out... not sure what it does. =) An old recipe I have, you beat two egg whites and spread them on top, like meringue pie. Just another idea.

  7. It probably helps stiffen up the potatoes a bit to keep their shape when you cut into it. I will let mine cool a bit. I am making this next week. Hubby will be away for 8 days so I know what I will be eating most of the week. :)

  8. Made this on a snowy day! I used ground turkey, but added more water at the end so that the meal/vegetable filling wouldn't be dry. I also added more tomato paste so that's probably why I needed more moisture in the meat mixture


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