Loaded Shepherd’s Pie


Loaded Shepherd's Pie
Loaded Shepherd’s Pie

Loaded Shepherd’s Pie
(Courtesy: Jennifer Warren)


1 lb 80% ground beef

¼ cup chopped onion

¼ cup plain bread crumbs

½ teaspoon dried sage leaves

1 teaspoon salt, divided

1 egg

4 medium potatoes, peeled (if desired) and cut into 1” squares

¼ cup butter

½ tsp black pepper

⅓ cup sour cream

1 tbsp horseradish (optional)

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)

¼ cup chopped fresh tomato

2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 medium green onions, chopped (2 tablespoons)


Heat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mix beef, onion, bread crumbs, sage, ½ tsp salt and egg until well blended. Press in the bottom of an ungreased 8-inch square glass baking dish.

Place potatoes in a large pan and cover with water. Bring to a bowl and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and return to the pot.

Add butter, ½ tsp salt and pepper to potatoes. Use a hand masher or electric mixer to blend together. Add sour cream and horseradish. Mix until smooth, adding more sour cream, if necessary. Allow to cool for 30 minutes

Once potatoes are cool, spread evenly over the top of the ground beef mixture. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.

Bake uncovered for 50 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 160℉. Sprinkle with tomato, bacon and green onions.

Serve immediately or store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


6 servings, 495 calories per serving

Hack:  2½ cups Horseradish Mashed Potatoes can be substituted for the fresh potatoes in this recipe.

Hack: ¼ cup of chopped frozen onions can be substituted for fresh onion in this recipe.

Hack: Separate any remaining uncooked bacon slices and roll them into individual pinwheels. Place on a cookie sheet in the freezer to freeze bacon slices. Place in a sealable freezer-safe bag or container. The frozen slices can then be used in the portions desired.

Hack: Store any leftover bacon grease tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. It can be used as a substitute for butter in various dishes. Caution: Use caution when cooking with bacon grease. It has a smoke point similar to butter, which is lower than oils.

Hack: Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.



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8 Replies to “Loaded Shepherd’s Pie”

  1. Hey Cynthia. I dunno how it is that I keep ending up at your website, but that’s how these things go! The reason I say this is because I’m a vegetarian. Somehow I keep finding your website over and over again!

    This seems like a great recipe for shepherds pie. But I’m wondering if you have a suggestion for replacing the beef with something which is not meat.


    1. Erick, thank you for your comments!  Although I’m not a “full-time” vegetarian, I do like to take a break from meat every so often so I include some vegetarian recipes on this site.  For the shepherd’s pie, I would suggest using mushrooms or lentils to replace the meat.  Let me know which one you decide to go with!

  2. This recipe for loaded shepherds pie looks so yummy and exactly what I was looking for! Also, it seems that the calorie count isn’t really too high, that is per portion of one person, right? I mean, the 495 kcals? That seems like a surprisingly healthy and low-calorie meal, even with the word ‘loaded’ in it, haha! thanks for this!

    1. Yes, that calorie count is for one serving.  I try to keep my dishes below 500 calories per serving simply because that seems to be the “magic number” in regard to keeping one’s weight under control. I hope you enjoy the shepherd’s pie!

  3. I can tell a lot of work was put into making this website. You offer a wide range of options to select from with excellent content. The old fashioned peanut butter cookies caught my eye and when I next go shopping I will buy the ingredients and bake some using your method. I’ll let you know how they go 🙂

  4. First, thank you for the article. I noticed you have the cold noodle salad, it caught my eye right away? My wife is Korean and likes her cold noodles.I think the way you have layed out your menu makes for smooth navigation, however, I had a little difficulty at first with some of the sub menus.The problem was being able to click on the menu I wanted to open.

    What really impressed me was the fact that you have food for most everyone, the Sausage and Butternut Squash Skillet sounds and looks delicious!

    1. Lonnie, thank you for your kind comments.  Unfortunately, the sub-menu problems seem to come and go, I can only assume it has to do with installing new WordPress updates.  

      I’m happy that you are enjoying the recipes!  I hope you’ll check back and let me know which ones you decided to try.

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