Mini Shepherd's Pies

January/February 2008

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In EatingWell's take on Shepherd's Pie, we replace the potato topping with convenient, delicious frozen squash puree. And they're baked in individual ramekins to guarantee perfectly sized servings and help you get it on the table fast.

"Has anyone tried this with a meat subsitute? I often make a Shepherd's Pie as an alternative for vegetarian family members on Thanksgiving, but those I have tried are very time-consuming for a busy cooking day. "
Mini Shepherd's Pies

20 Reviews for Mini Shepherd's Pies

Delicious (and healthy)

I love this recipe! I add quite a few more veggies to it which makes it a little healthier and stretches the meat farther. I add diced carrots, zucchini, and yellow squash plus some frozen peas. Sometimes will also add bell pepper if I have some on hand. I don't think broccoli or cauliflower would be as good in this but most other veggies that I have added worked well. Hope you enjoy!

Tastes great and good portion control
Very tasty

I used less squash then the recipe called for; I didn't realize that after squeezing the water out there isn't that much squash left! But it worked out fine. Used Irish Dubliner Cheddar cheese instead of parmesan. The beef was this grass-fed from Australia. It tasted very good! Did have to buy ramekins for this but I loved that this recipe is easily portion controlled. I look forward to making this again!


Good recipe, simple ingredients that are hearty and healthy. I used kale and butternut squash. Was tempted to add spices but decided against it to keep it a simple pie. Note, if you don't have lean meat on hand, wait to add your flour to the mixture until you can drain the fat from cooking the beef.

simple quick easy to alter good for cold weather
Fast & Easy

I used three micro sweet potatoes as the toping. Cooked in microwave as directed. Peeled, salted, mashed. Topped with the parmesean & broiled as directed

Variations on a theme

Here in England a Shepherd's Pie is always made with lamb (because a shepherd looks after sheep). If it is made with any other sort of meat (eg beef) or a meat substitute such as soya or lentils, it is called a Cottage Pie. Just so you know if you ever come to England!

A good all-purpose recipe for a family favourite
Comments (4)


Kerri_19 wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Thanks. Learn something new

Thanks. Learn something new every day. I have always thought the names were interchangeable.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 22 weeks ago

so, for the british vegans

so, for the british vegans out there, try seasoned, cooked lentils, or azukis; you can layer on tiny diced veg, sauteed onions; the variations are endless. in fact, i did not have enough potatoes one nite, sooooo i steamed cauliflower and combined the was delightfully, decadently delish...cheers!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

Thanks for that info. While

Thanks for that info. While visiting London my cousin asked if the Shepherd's Pie had lamb in it and the waiter looked at her like she was crazy!

Anonymous wrote 2 years 45 weeks ago

I was going to say the same

I was going to say the same thing. ;)
I haven't made this yet, but I will. I like Cottage Pie, (don't care for lamb), but I rarely make it becuase there's just me to feed. I like that this is a smaller batch to begin with, and making individual servings will make it easier to store and take to work.

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