Christmas Shepherd’s Pie

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Christmas Shepherd’s Pie Christmas Shepherd’s Pie

Servings: 6 servings
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Beef Filling:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
16 ounces canned tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups cooked mixed vegetables (peas, diced carrots and corn)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mashed Potatoes:
5 russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sour cream
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cornbread Crust:
1 (12-ounces) boxed cornbread mix





In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute the onion in vegetable oil. When the onion is soft add the ground beef, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon and brown. Stir in tomato sauce and mixed vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.

In a pot of boiling, salted water, cook the potatoes about 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain well and return to the pot. Whip the potatoes with an electric mixer until moderately smooth. Add milk, butter and sour cream and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Adjust consistency with more milk, if desired.

Follow directions on box to make cornbread batter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Lightly grease 6 (8-ounce) ramekins with nonstick cooking spray.

Spoon the mashed potatoes into the bottoms of each prepared ramekin, spreading them evenly with a rubber spatula. Then add the meat filling, spreading that evenly over the mashed potatoes. Pour the cornbread batter evenly over the meat layer in each ramekin.

Bake for about 30 minutes until the cornbread is cooked through and golden on top.

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By Cynthia Plaehn on December 27, 2013


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By schwans dude on July 06, 2013


Dear Paula, Not to be mean but I wanted you to know the following information. I lived over in England for over 10 years, and over there Shepard's Pie is made with lamb. Cottage Pie is the name given to a meat and potato pie made with beef. FYI Thanks for the awesome recipes, I love you!

By Charlotte on January 13, 2013


paula i love your shows and watch them all the time you are a true southern cook and the boys are too your shepards pie is the best but the one the boys done is good also i used that because my husband is a diabetic also your the bomb as a cook i hope someday to get to your resturant to enjoy a good southern meal that i miss so much my dad was from louisana so now ya know why i like southern foods yum yum

By rheita day on December 20, 2012


This is a great spin on the Irish classic. It was easy to put together and was a real family pleaser. I found the ramekin dishes too small so I used au gratin dishes and they worked wonderfully. I especially loved the way the cornbread gets extra brown on the edges. *One note however, I had to add a little more milk to the cornbread to get it to 'pour over' the potatoes and meat like the recipe says.

By Cathy Collins on December 21, 2011


Found this on twitter, always wanted to make shepards pie and it was awesome!

By Gwen on December 11, 2011


I REALLY enjoy all of Paula Dean's recipes. I did not know how to cook anything before I started following her recipes. Now I am the best cook in the family! Thanks Paula!!

By Bonnie on December 03, 2011


Hello I would like to have reciepe for Paula's sweet potatoe pie and also please her sweet potatoe shepard's pie, Thank You Gail

By Gail on April 18, 2011


If baking in a larger dish, the bake time will increase slightly. Make sure the cornbread topping is completely cooked! Estimated time would be 40 minutes.

By Libbie Summers on December 22, 2010



By JANICE BESHEARS on December 22, 2010


Is the bake temperature and time the same if I were to bake in a large dish vs ramekins?

By Tammy on December 13, 2010


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By Anonymous on April 19, 2010


This recipe is great! The only tweek is that in my family we put cheese in our shepards pie! So on top of the meat layer I put a layer of velveeta cheese, then the cornbread layer. Yummy!

By Anonymous on April 02, 2010


By Anonymous on January 27, 2010


thought it was delicious especially when we added Chiloula hot sauce when serving.

By Anonymous on December 16, 2009


Seriously amazing! I love the complement of the cornbread to the shepherd's pie. Will never go back to ordinary shepherd's pie again! Thank you, Paula1

By Anonymous on December 13, 2009

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