This is not a traditional recipe, but it sure is tasty! I’ve heard of people using sweet potatoes in a Shepherd’s Pie, but I had never tried it before. I decided to give it a whirl on my own and not really follow any recipes. It turned out pretty delicious. There are a couple things I might change next time but overall I was pretty happy. Using sweet potatoes adds so much flavor and nutrients. As I’ve mentioned before, Jason hates white potatoes, so I usually substitute sweet potatoes whenever I can. I also used ground bison instead of ground beef. There is less fat and you don’t comprise on flavor.
1 lb ground bison
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered
3 medium carrots, sliced
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3-4 sprigs of chopped fresh savory
1 can of diced tomatoes, undrained
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon butter
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Boil sweet potatoes for approximately 20 minutes or until soft. Mash with butter and salt and pepper, set aside. Brown the ground bison in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for several minutes. Add garlic, savory, salt and pepper, and carrots. Sauté together for 1-3 minutes. Add the canned tomatoes and let the ingredients cook together for an additional minute. Make sure to salt and pepper adequately as this will be your last chance! Pour the meat mixture in a large baking dish and cover with the sweet potatoes. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. I recommend letting this sit for 10 minutes before digging in to avoid a terrible mouth burn. I speak from experience.
Yum! I love this dish. It’s so filling and actually not so bad for you. One tablespoon of butter is the only added fat and you could actually skip that. If I could do this again I would add more veggies. I think it would be delicious with peas and mushrooms in addition to the carrots.
Our three year wedding anniversary is tomorrow and I have a delicious dinner planned, Savory Lemon Butter Chicken. Stay tuned later this week for that recipe. I hope you all have a lovely Monday!