This shepherd’s pie uses mashed sweet potatoes to replace the traditional white potato topping. The sweet potatoes add a lovely color and sweet flavor. If you’d like, you can make and assemble this pie ahead of time – just pop it in the oven when you’re ready.
What is Shepherd’s Pie?
Shepherd’s pie is a savory pie featuring lamb or mutton. Assorted vegetables such as celery, carrots or peas mingle in an onion-laced gravy, and the whole pile is topped with mashed potatoes.
The dish is thought to have originated in Scotland and Northern England. Early varieties of shepherd’s pie may have featured a pastry topping instead of potatoes.
Shepherd’s Pie vs. Cottage Pie
These pies are very similar. Cottage pie is basically shepherd’s pie with another meat substituted for lamb. You could certainly adapt this recipe for an AIP cottage pie with a meat of your choosing.
Vegetarians sometimes refer to the meatless version of the dish shepherdless pie.
Where to Find Lamb
Before you set your mind on trying this recipe, it’s best to figure out where to buy your meat! Depending on where you’re from it might not be that easy to get your hands on.
If you’ve got an in with a local farmer, that’s great. By all means support them!
If not, you might want to call your regular grocery store or butcher before making a trip. If they can’t help you, they can probably steer you in the right direction.
You might even to be able to source it online. Once you’ve got your lamb, you can do a quick prep and then get ready to enjoy a comforting meal.