Not-So-Traditional Shepard's Pie

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.


  • For the topping:
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes I like Garnet or Jewell varieties, peeled and diced
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 1-2 T ghee butter or Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  • 1/2 cup Daiya Cheese or grated sharp cheddar if you can have it
  • Optional: 1 or 2 yellow or russet potatoes peeled and diced
  • For the filling:
  • 1 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 T rice flour or any flour, this is just for thickening. Coconut flour or arrowroot would work for grain-free
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or more taste
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 T ketchup optional
  • 1 can cut green beans or peas (could also use frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the sweet potatoes in a pot of fresh salted water and bring to a boil. Cook until under fork tender and mashable. Remove and do the same with the yellow potatoes if you are using them.
  3. Meanwhile...saute the ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat until lightly browned; pour off the fat; return the skillet to the stove. Stir in rice flour. Stir in the ketchup, broth, herbs, and vinegar. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer to thicken.
  4. Drain the cooked sweet potatoes and place in a food processor...this is a little trick to make the sweet potatoes have an extra creamy mouth-feel with out lots of gives you the feeling like you are having a really rich cheesy topping! Mix in cheese and allowed butter and process for a minute or two until silky smooth (or mash it all together by hand if you want to forgo this step).
  5. Season with sea salt, ground pepper. Add a couple of tablespoons of any milk only if necessary to achieve desired texture.
  6. Mash the yellow potatoes with a little butter and milk. Unlike sweet potatoes, you can not process these or you will have some very gummy mash on your hands!
  7. Layer the beef and veggie mixture in a casserole or baking dish.
  8. Top with the mashed sweet potatoes, then the yellow (if using).
  9. Bake in the center of a preheated oven until bubbling and hot- about 25 minutes.