I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too! Welcome!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Savory ground beef simmered in red wine and seasonings topped with the subtle sweetness of sweet potato ...  this is not your ordinary shepherd's pie. 


1  1/2 lbs sweet potato
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp cumin 
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2-4 tbsps milk
pats of butter to top

1 lb lean ground beef
2 tbsps olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsps worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp sage
1 bay leaf
4 oz red wine
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 cup beef broth
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup frozen peas

In a large skillet, sauté onions and carrot in olive oil. Add garlic and beef and cook until beef is browned. Add the wine and simmer for 5 minutes, then add the worcestershire sauce, beef broth, balsamic, tomato paste and seasonings. 
Simmer 20-30 minutes to slightly thicken.

Meanwhile cook the sweet potato.... this sucker was 1  1/2 lbs all by itself! Microwaved for 15 minutes then I scooped out the tender sweet potato and mashed it along with butter, cumin, garlic powder, sea salt and milk.

Lightly oil the sides of a deep 8 X 8" baking dish.
Remove the bay leaf from the meat mixture and spoon it into the bottom of the dish. Then add a layer of frozen peas.

Top with that lovely sweet potato mash...

and a few pats of butter.

Bake at 425F for 20-30 minutes, then let sit a few minutes before spooning onto plates.

Serves 4

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