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Sweet & Savoury Shepherd’s Pie

Sweet & Savoury Shepherd’s Pie

An Armstrong Test Kitchen Challenge

Serves 4

Sweet & Savoury Shepherd's Pie

Sweet & Savoury Shepherd’s Pie

I created this Shepherd’s Pie recipe as an entry into the Armstrong Cheese Test Kitchen Challenge. As part of the contest, I was given 4 ingredients that I had to use in a single recipe: Armstrong Medium Cheddar, Apples, Yams (Sweet Potatoes), and Bacon.

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I was apprehensive about using these ingredients together, but I have to admit my Shepherd’s Pie was absolutely delicious. Creamy, tasty, and not at all sweet in the dessert sense. My husband LOVED it, and my 9 year old loved it so much he wants me to make it like this every time.

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This recipe will take you about an hour to prepare from start to finish.


For Base:

  • 1/2 pack of bacon, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef (or ground beef/pork mix)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup Zesty Italian Salad Dressing
  • 1/4 cup Beef Broth
  • 2 tsp All-Spice (be generous, this is the main seasoning for the meat)
  • 1/2 cup each: frozen corn and peas

For Topping:

  • 2 apples, peeled and chopped, core removed
  • 1 medium yam (sweet potato), peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 – 1 cup grated Medium Armstrong Cheddar Cheese

In a large fry-pan, cook bacon until crisp. Set aside. Drain off about half of the bacon grease, leaving the rest.


Add the carrots, celery, potatoes and onion. Cook until vegetables are tender.

Add the ground beef to the vegetables mixture, breaking up into small pieces. Cook until browned.

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Add the bacon, Italian dressing, beef broth and all-spice to the vegetables and mix well. Add the frozen peas and corn, and cook until heated through.

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While the base is cooking, prepare the apples and yam. Peel, cut, and boil until tender. Once tender, drain. Add butter, milk, parmesan, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Mash. Its okay if there are chunks!

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Add the base to a square baking dish. Top with the yam-apple mash, and spread the cheddar cheese evenly over the top. Bake at 350˚ for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the cheese has formed a nice golden crust!

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Serve with fresh buns and/or a garden salad and enjoy!

Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mom to five boys between the ages of 7-22. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, binge watching 90s television on Netflix, and entering contests.


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  1. jay nelson

    Yummy – the nutmeg was a bit of a surprise and added to the creativity.

    • amomsperspective


      I’m actually quite shocked it turned out. I had frozen pizza on hand *just in case*. My 9 year old devoured it, and told me it was the best Shepherd’s Pie he’s ever had (he loves Shepherd’s Pie) and even my husband who isn’t a huge fan of sweet potatoes/yams (and who HATES fruit with his meat dishes) loved it. Of course, I didn’t tell him what was in it, but the all-spice and the nutmeg really worked! ~A

  2. Linda Bragg

    I been tossing around trying to decide what to make for supper tonight….one thing was to make a shephard pie.. lol. This looks so yummy and I love yams. Only thing is, hubby is not so fond of yams…so I’ll have to make it with the reg. mashed potatos. and no apples. But I’ve decided to make this when I have more time and not tonight. So glad I seen this as I was so wanting a good recipe to make…..thanks for sharing….yummmmy. πŸ™‚

  3. Darlene Demell

    This looks so good. We haven’t had Shepherd’s pie in so long, it is something I will have to make again soon.

  4. Debbie S.

    Sounds really good. My guys were just talking about Shepherd’s Pie. I actually have never made it! pinning! thanks!

  5. s powell

    Healthy Sheperds Pie, Thank you for this awesome recipe!!!!!

  6. Lynda Cook

    I’m not to sure about the sweet potato topping, but then I can’t knock it till I try it right!

  7. Marilyn Legault

    Looks delicious.

  8. kristen visser

    WOW that looks delish! I am not even a big shepherds pie fan and I think it looks yummers. Hubby would definitely love it. Will give this one a try πŸ™‚ bookmarked

  9. Nancy J Montgomery

    Love Shepherd’s Pie! You’ve got serious kitchen skills to develop this recipe. Did you win? You should have.

  10. Amber Ludwig

    Yummo!! What a fun twist on a classic!! We will have to give it a try!! Im so sick of the normal ordinary stuff I make day in and day out!

  11. Angela Saver

    Now this sounds delicious! It will be a big hit at my house!

  12. Browatzke

    Looks good

  13. Shelley Butcher

    This recipe sounds really tasty. I’m looking forward to trying it!

  14. Anna Pry

    interesting mix of flavors, would make an unusual change for dinner

  15. Julie Waldron

    This sounds really good! Pinning so I can make it later. πŸ™‚

  16. polly

    I am not a big yam fan but the rest of the ingredients sound great and would love to try it out.

  17. LeslieC

    Shepherd’s Pie is one of my family’s favorite meals, and although we are partial to our recipe, I am looking forward to trying this one!

  18. Calvin F

    Hmm shepherds pie, haven’t had it in a long time! This recipe is lovely.

  19. Wendi Johnson

    This sounds delicious! I’ve made shepards pie for years so I’ll definitely have to give this recipe a try!

  20. Louise

    family loves Shepard pie. Ill have to try this recipe

  21. Katy

    Yum! Those four ingredients required actually sound like they would work really well together! We love Shepherd’s Pie and we will definitely try this!

  22. Darla Peduzzi

    Looks really good! I’ve never made Shepherd’s pie before, but it sounds delicious.

  23. Not too sure it would go over well in my home. Not too many of them like sweet potato….but it did look yummy! πŸ™‚

  24. darla

    sounds amazing

  25. Doris Humber

    Another fabulous recipe…I love Shepherd’s Pie!
    These posts are making me hungry LOL
    This recipe is different from what I have made before. I will probably try doing this recipe on the weekend.

  26. Angela Williams

    I love sweet potatoes and this sweet savoury shepherds pie looks like a winner to me!

  27. Lynne B

    We love shepherd’s pie in our house. I’ve tried so many times to like sweet potato. It’s just not my thing. πŸ˜‰

  28. sherry moffitt

    I love sweet potatoes and this recipe look delicious. Will definitely be trying this.

  29. Rosanne Robinson

    My family loves sweet potatoes, so I know that they would enjoy this yummy looking shepherd’s pie.

  30. Emily Endrizzi

    Shepard’s pie is one of my all-time favorite meals. Yummy!

  31. I love Shepherd’s Pie. This recipe sounds great!!!! PINNING IT!!!!! Thank you

  32. Lisa L

    This looks so delicious! I love recipe’s that have lots of different types of veggies.

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