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How to make mini shepherd's pie. Shepherd's Pie are the perfect fall and winter food. Layers of savory meat, veggies and sauce are topped with peaks of creamy mashed potatoes. Make them in individual bowls for a beautiful presentation. 

Mini Shepherd's Pies

How to make the best mini shepherd's pie. Shepherd's Pie are the perfect fall and winter food. Layers of savory meat, veggies and sauce are topped with peaks of creamy mashed potatoes. Make them in individual bowls for a beautiful presentation. 

Course dinner
Cuisine english
Keyword English Dinner, Fall Dinner, Mini Shepherd's Pie, Shepherd's Pie, the best shepherd's pies, Winter Dinner
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped finely
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 T. oregano, fresh or dried
  • 2 T. flour
  • 2 T. balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 ounces fresh or frozen peas
  • 3 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 cups cubes squash (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup regular milk or buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Prep all of your vegetables.

    How to make mini shepherd's pie. Shepherd's Pie are the perfect fall and winter food. Layers of savory meat, veggies and sauce are topped with peaks of creamy mashed potatoes. Make them in individual bowls for a beautiful presentation. 
  2. Cook potatoes. I cooked mine in my instant pot. I quartered them and then put them in the inside pot with 4 ounces of butter and 2 cups of water. I cooked it on "pressure cooker" setting for 10 minutes and let the pressure naturally release. I did this while I was cooking the meat. This will save you time. 

    How to make mini shepherd's pie. Shepherd's Pie are the perfect fall and winter food. Layers of savory meat, veggies and sauce are topped with peaks of creamy mashed potatoes. Make them in individual bowls for a beautiful presentation. 
  3. Heat oven to 425-degrees. In a large skillet cook ground beef and onion (you can also season with salt and pepper) until beef is cooked through and onions are transparent. Take meat mixture out of pan and put in a container. 

    How to make mini shepherd's pie. Shepherd's Pie are the perfect fall and winter food. Layers of savory meat, veggies and sauce are topped with peaks of creamy mashed potatoes. Make them in individual bowls for a beautiful presentation. 
  4. Add 1 cup of water and carrots. If you are adding squash you can add the squash in this step. Cook for 5 minutes. Add tomato paste, flour and balsamic vinegar and 2 cups of water. Stir 5-10 minutes, until the mixture gets thick. Stir in peas and cook until they defrost. Add the cooked meat mixture to the pan and combine everything together. 

  5. Divide mixture between 6 large ramekins or 8 smaller ramekins. 

  6. Drain water from potatoes and whip. You can add extra butter and milk. Add potatoes to the top of the ramekins. To make it look special you can put the potatoes in a pastry bag and use a big frosting tip. Or you can use a fork to create peaks. The peaks look cool when cooked because they brown at the tips. 

  7. Put ramekins on a big baking sheet and bake at 425-degrees for 20 minutes. Take ramekins out, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.