Sweet Potato Comfort: It’s Good Enough for Company!

I’ve written about Shepherd Pie several times on my blog, and I have to say my favorite autumn recipe is include sweet potatoes on top. They’re a lot healthier for you and I’d say a bit fancier, too. In fact, on a cool fall evening, this recipe is even good enough for company.

Bake the sweet potatoes. Line the cookie sheet with foil first to prevent a mess, peel the potatoes after they are cooled.

In my new book, The Reluctant Entertainer, you’ll find a delicious Sweet Potato recipe. Double up on this recipe; serve one night as a side dish and save the rest for Shepherd’s Pie like I’m showing you here today! Smart and easy.

When you barbeque, have you thought about making extra? I love leftovers! The leftover zucchini from this meal, went straight into this pie.

Spray the 9×13 pan first. I used my Le Creuset pan which I love and use almost daily.

Cook the meat (I used ground turkey), add your favorite spices and 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, and then add in your favorite veggies. (Peas and carrots are always easy because you can pull them right from the freezer.)

Make sure your veggies are pre-cooked and then mix together and place this mixture into the bottom of the sprayed pan.

Spread a thick layer of the whipped sweet potatoes on top.

Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes, until heated through.

Call your friends. Set the table. Pull this delicious dish out from the oven, and serve.

It’s perfect for a family meal. And it’s a comfort dish that is even good enough for company!

What’s your favorite version of Shepherd’s Pie?

(I was not paid to write about Le Creuset. I just love their products. And if you want a chance to win a copy of my NEW book today, head over to Emily’s at Chatting at the Sky. Don’t forget on Friday I will be starting my 31-Days to Stress-Free Entertaining series, along with Emily and several other bloggers.)


  1. I’m not sure I’ve made Shepherd’s Pie before and honestly, I haven’t eaten too many versions. But I love sweet potatoes and sweet potato casserole #2 from the Taste of Georgia cookbook is our absolute favorite!

  2. hardly anything that calls for potatoes that isn’t better with sweet potatoes. cheers!

  3. Oh that is such a great idea. I am so going to try this. I love Shepherd’s pie!

  4. I wonder how that would be with ground lamb… Hmmmmm

  5. I just made a Shepards Pie last night to freeze for later use. (We are having a baby soon) My kids were somewhat disappointed it was not for dinner right there and then so now I have an excuse to make another! Thank you for the great recipe!

  6. What a perfect Shepard’s Pie!! You know how much I love sweet potatoes! What a splendid idea for Autumn…I’m totally going to dazzle some guests with this one!

  7. Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods. Great fall dish!

  8. Wow, this looks delicious! Such a perfect fall comfort dish. I can taste the sweet potatoes topped off by a glass of apple cider—mmm, delish!

  9. Hmmm. I will have to try making it with vegan burger. I have never made it because of the hamburger, but the sweet potatoes on top sounds sooo delicious!

  10. I love sweet potatoes and Shepherd’s Pie so I think this recipe is a perfect marriage! Forget company, I’ll eat it all myself!

  11. I love sweet potatoes! I always have them with cinnamon and sugar. This recipe would be a delightful addition to my recipe box.

  12. I’m a first time visitor to your site referred by Chatting The Sky. This recipe looks awesome! I also love to entertain. I love to cook, too. I’ll be back!

  13. Loving this!

    My favorite Shepherd’s pie is from Brocach’s Irish Pub: http://www.brocach.com/home.html

  14. I just never use sweet potatoes and each time I see a delicious recipe like this I think “go get some now and cook with them already!” Love this one Sandy.

  15. I bought 5 large sweet potatoes just the other day. I live very close to the “sweet potato capital of the world” ie…Vardaman, MS. Now I know how I can use them. Thanks! Never thought of using them in that way.

  16. This is a really nice take on Shepherd’s pie, one of my favorite comfort foods. It takes a classic dish and adds a healthy twist.

  17. I’ve only made it with mashed potatoes (with cheddar cheese) and ground lamb…this looks so good with sweet potatoes – so colorful too!

  18. I have never made shepherds pie but am ready to try…and with sweet potatoes…yum.

  19. What a great idea using sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes!

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  21. I have gestational diabetes so I have to watch my carbs. I like to steam cauliflower and then puree them to use in place of the potatoes for topping my shephard’s pie. Not the same, but a great alternative.

  22. Looks utterly delish! Another reason to buy the book! I’m getting my copy tomorrow! :-)

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