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Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, Exclusive: Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

By Paula Deen

For me, the best part of a shepherd’s pie is the delicious potato topping. This recipe puts a new spin on that topping by mixing white and sweet potatoes together. I don’t know why these two potatoes aren’t mixed together more often. I’ve found them to be a match made in heaven. The white potatoes lend their fluffiness to the
 mash while the sweet potatoes bring their deep sweet flavor. This is my new favorite way to enjoy mashed potatoes, and it’s
better for you to boot!


1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

½ cup buttermilk

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 pound ground lamb

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 pound button mushrooms, quartered

1 cup chopped onions

1 cup chopped carrots

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 cup low-sodium beef broth

2 tablespoons dry red wine

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon dried thyme

¼ teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 °F.
  2. Place the russet potatoes in a medium pot and place the sweet potatoes in a separate medium pot. Cover the potatoes in each pot with cold salted water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until the potatoes are very tender, 9 to 10 minutes for the sweet potatoes and about 12 minutes for the russets. Drain well and combine the potatoes in one of the pots.
  3. While the potatoes are still hot, using a potato masher, mash in the buttermilk, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Mash until the potatoes are the consistency you like. Set aside.
  4. In a large ovenproof skillet, brown the lamb over medium- high heat. Remove with a slotted spoon and reserve. Drain the fat from the skillet. Heat the oil in the skillet and add the mushrooms, onions, and carrots and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are well browned and the carrots have begun to soften, about 10 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch into the beef broth until dissolved. Add to the skillet along with the red wine, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, garlic powder, and the reserved lamb. Bring to a boil, stir, then turn off the heat. Top the lamb mixture with the potato mixture, using a spatula to spread the potatoes evenly over the top. Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden and bubbly.

Serves 8

More about Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Recipes All Lightened Up

Paula Deen has lost over 40 pounds and has maintained her weight loss for over two years by swapping out ingredients to reduce fat and calories. Paula’s key to weight loss is moderation and accountability, and one day a week she still enjoys good old southern cooking with biscuits and all. One does not have to give up taste when reducing calories, and these recipes are a testament to that. Paula shares 250 of her favorite recipes lightened up. This brand-new, New York Times best selling cookbook presents lightened up versions of fifty of her classic southern recipes and presents new recipes that cut the calories but not the delicious taste.

The New-York Times Best-Selling cookbook, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat, 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, is now available now at Amazon, Evine Live, Barnes & Noble, Target, and your local bookstores!

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.