It may be a traditional UK dish, but shepherd’s pie never tasted more delicious than when we created a Latin version of it. And it's slightly healthier too!
sweet potato shepherd's pie
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The traditional Shepherd's pie is also known as cottage pie and it's made with ground beef (or lamb) with vegetables in a rich gravy, topped with cheesy mashed potatoes, and baked. Not that there's anything wrong with that... but this slightly healthier version is easy to make and has a sweetness that combines with the savory and melts in your mouth! Even so, get ready to make the meat mixture, sweet potatoes, assemble the casserole and bake it.
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 medium yellow pepper, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
6 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of cumin
1 can of tomato paste
1 tsp of brown sugar
1/2 cup of red wine
2 lbs of grass fed ground beef
6 large sweet potatoes
2 tbsp maple syrup
½ stick of butter, softened
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp salt
1 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese
sweet potato mixture
In a sturdy large pan, on medium high heat, sauté the onion, peppers and garlic in oil for 10 minutes. Add salt and cumin. In a separate bowl mix tomato paste, sugar and wine.
When the onion and pepper mixture begins to look translucent, add the meat. Use a fork to spread and separate. Add the tomato mixture and continue to stir.
Once everything is evenly mixed, lower the heat to medium and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Most of the liquid should evaporate. Use a slotted spoon to remove any additional liquid.
SWEET POTATO MIXTURE
Preheat the oven to 350. Place the sweet potatoes on the rack, skin on. Bake for an hour or until you can stick a fork through them.
Remove potatoes from oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes.
Peel them and place into a large bowl. Discard the skin. Use a potato masher to mash the warm potatoes while adding maple syrup, butter and whipping cream and salt. Mix well.
Let everything cool in the refrigerator for a half hour. Butter a 2-quart casserole dish. Assemble a layer of half the mashed potatoes. Top with a layer of the picadillo. Add the rest of the potatoes and spread. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and bake for a half hour until thoroughly hot and golden on top.