Shepherd’s pie

Hands up if you love shepherd’s pie! Get ready to discover a new favourite recipe.

“Ideal for a bring-and-share supper, this pie satisfies everyone’s tastebuds and makes great leftovers. I also love to make the mash on its own and pair it with a simple seared protein like salmon or tempeh for an easy weeknight meal.” - Robyn Youkilis, nutritionis

Recipe by Robyn Youkilis from Go With Your Gut - Get 20% OFF the RRP here

Ingredients:

Happy Joes (minced beef):
1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, chopped or crushed
450g protein (minced beef or turkey, cooked lentils or crumbled tempeh all work great)
1–2 teaspoons chilli powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt
55g tomato purée
1 × 230g can chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Sweet potato and broccoli mash:
1 large sweet potato, chopped (or use regular sweet potato or yam)
1 large head broccoli, chopped (florets only, save stems for snacking)
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, butter or ghee   

Optional garnishes:
Chopped fresh parsley and/or coriander
Toasted flaked almonds
Shredded red cabbage, raw or ‘quick pickled’ by soaking in 60–120ml cider vinegar (enough to just cover the cabbage) while pie is cooking 

Directions:

For the Happy Joes mixture:
1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium–low heat. Sauté the onion for about 10 minutes, until translucent.
2. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 more minute.
3. Add protein of choice, chilli powder, oregano and salt and stir.
4. Add the tomato purée, chopped tomatoes and mustard; stir and cook for 5 minutes.
5. Add up to 450ml water as needed to create a sauce; stir and cook for another 5 minutes, until the protein is cooked through.

For the sweet potato and broccoli mash:
6. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
7. Steam the sweet potato for 10 minutes.
8. Add the broccoli to the pan and steam for a further 10 minutes, until easily pierced with a fork or knife.
9. Transfer the broccoli and sweet potato to a food processor with the salt and oil or butter and pulse until combined (see Tip).
10. Line a 33 × 23cm baking dish with the Happy Joes mixture, then top it with a layer of the mash.
11. Bake until completely heated through and the mash starts to brown a bit, about 15–25 minutes. For a browned and crispy top, finish under the grill for a further 5–10 minutes. Serve with garnishes of choice.

Tips:

  • If you have kids that love sweet foods, add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup in Step 4.
  • For a smooth mash consistency you’ll want to stop the food processor after the sweet potato and broccoli are mostly combined and scrape down the sides with a spoon. Continue pulsing as directed.