simple sweet potato shepherd's pie

I had a bag of Steam n' Mash sweet potatoes in my freezer that were calling my name, so I threw together this easy, comforting dish. We all loved it, including my 6 month old baby who had his pureed with this great baby food mill! :o)

Simple Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie Recipe

2-3 lbs ground beef
3 cups frozen corn, peas or mixed veggies
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 - 1 1/2 cups beef stock
salt & pepper
ground ginger
orange & lemon zest
mashed sweet potatoes*

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef in a bit of olive oil, seasoning it well with salt, pepper & spices. Remove to a 9x13" baking dish, and set aside.

In the same pan you browned the beef in, saute the onions until soft - adding a little more olive oil, if needed, and scraping up the browned bits in the pan. Add the garlic and saute for a few seconds, being careful not to burn the garlic!

Stir in the condensed soup and stock, stirring well to combine, and simmer on low.

While the sauce/onion mixture is simmering, scatter the frozen corn on top of the ground beef in your baking dish. Pour the sauce evenly over the top, then 'frost' with your mashed sweet potatoes. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and paprika, and drizzle with olive oil, if desired.

Bake in your preheated oven for 20 minutes, until the potatoes are slightly browned and the sauce is bubbling.

TIP: This is a great make ahead dish: Just prepare the dish without baking it and place it in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to use it. If refrigerated, bake time will be more like 50-60 minutes!

*my super-simple mashed sweet potatoes:
1 bag Oreida Steam n' Mash sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup milk
ginger, lemon & orange zest - to taste
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