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Sweet potato shepherd’s pie

This shepherd’s pie is a great example of how you can easily veg up normal dishes. By adding extra veg to every day food you are more likely to get your kids to eat the blooming’ stuff! It’s the only way that works – in my family anyway! This recipe has sweet potatoes, onion, celery, carrot, mushroom in – that’s 5 veggies. Serve with peas or your kids’ favourite veg and it makes 6. Not bad for a weekday dinner? It is a long cooking time but that’s what gives great flavour. If you can’t face it on a weeknight then what about a Sunday?

How do you get veggies into your fussy eaters? Interested to hear what other mums do…

The other awesome thing about this recipe is that it makes its own gravy! Yes! Confused? Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean!

If you don’t like sweet potato – my husband doesn’t – then of course you can use normal potato instead.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour 1/2
Total time: 1 hour 50 mins
2 tbsn olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed – optional (I had none in on this day but feel free to add)
1 onion, chopped finely
2 carrots, chopped finely
2 celery sticks, chopped finely
About 10 mushrooms, chopped finely
450g mince
2 tsbn plain flour
Fresh or dried rosemary
1 stock jelly or cube PLUS 1 litre of water to make a light stock (diluted twice)
Optional: a couple of tablespoons of gravy granules
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes
100g mature cheddar
1 tbsn wholegrain mustard
Large knob butter
Salt and pepper
  1. Chop your veggies as finely as your knife skills will allow!
  2. Heat a pan and add oil.
  3. Soften the veggies for at least 15 minutes. You want nice, soft veggies with a caramelised finish.
  4. Add the meat and brown.
  5. And the herbs and pepper. No salt as stock is salty.
  6. Now the flour, stir well and let it cook out for a minute.
  7. Make your stock up and add to mixture. Let this cook for 45 mins – 1 hour.
  8. Put a pan of boiling water on to boil – add a little salt. Peel and chop sweet potato and pop in when boiling. Boil for 20 minutes until tender.
  9. Mash sweet pots with butter, seasoning and mustard. Set aside.
  10. Preheat oven to 180C.
  11. When mixture has cooked and veg is soft, see if it needs thickening. If it does, add some cornflour with water or some gravy granules. Let it cook out a little.
  12. When you are happy with the consistency, strain the mixture over a jug with a sieve. Hey Presto: gravy!
  13. Assemble the pie: tip mixture into pie dish and top with sweet potato mash. Add grated cheese.
  14. Bake for about 30 mins.


  1. March 4, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Looks yummy! I love the hidden veggie under the pie! Thanks for the sharing

  2. August 9, 2016 / 8:28 am

    I cannot wait to try it out this is my favorite food. Great recipe

  3. Joanna
    November 20, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Made this for the family, children and husband loved it! The gravy made it feel like I made so much effort but yet it was so easy to do! Thank you

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