Made this with sliced sweet potatoes on top and put Parmesan cheese under and over the sweet potato layer. I also added lots more dried garlic, and some dried shallots to the meat, as well as 2 cloves of garlic and some paprika to the spinach. It was for a large group so I doubled the recipe and putting the while thing in a 13 x9 glass pan. Everybody loved it so much I didn't have any leftovers.
Mini Shepherd's Pies
From EatingWell: January/February 2008
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.
20 Reviews for Mini Shepherd's Pies
I use the ground soy a lot in place of ground beef and have not had a problem with any recipes. All you do is heat the ground soy you don't need to cook it. Tastes just like ground beef.
I used ground turkey and a 3-part combination of the pureed squash, sweet potato and carrot. And I like the top layer to be more mash then puree so I don't over-blend. It reminds me more of original shepherd's pie with a thicker layer on top. Other than that I stuck to the recipe. We loved it.
I changed this dish just a bit : added about 1/2 cup of julienned carrots, 1/2 cup of corn, boiled and mashed 2 large sweet potatoes for the spread and added an extra tablespoon of tomato paste to the meat mixture....oh, and broiled in a glass pie dish. SO YUMMY!!!! I think next time I'll add some peas as well. I will MOST DEFINATELY be making this again....the whole family loved it!