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Easy Sweet Potato Cottage Pie Recipe

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Our sweet potato cottage pie recipe is a delicious twist on the classic dish. Made with a rich beef filling, topped with cheesy mashed sweet potatoes.

Why You’ll LOVE This Dish

Rich, tasty and packed with flavour! Oh you’ll be serving up total comfort food with this dinner. Rich meaty filling topped with cheesy sweet potatoes. It’s perfect cold weather food.

Super easy to make – our sweet potato cottage pie recipe is super easy to make, nothing difficult to do. Plus we’ve given you make-ahead instructions too.

Helps towards you 5-a-day – if you’re trying to eat more veggies, swapping the regular mashed potato for sweet potato gives you 1-of-your-5-a-day!

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Sweet Potato Cottage Pie Recipe

Serves – 4

Prep Time 15 minutes

cook time – 1 hour 

Total Time – 1 hour 15 minutes 

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Equipment Needed 

  • Chopping board
  • Vegetable knife
  • Saucepan with lid (for the meat filling)
  • Saucepan with lid (for the sweet potatoes)
  • Ovenproof dish (baking dish or casserole dish)
  • Tablespoon
  • Cooking spoon (wooden spoon is fine)
  • Potato masher

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie Ingredients 

Everything you need to make a delicious cottage pie topped with sweet potato mash

Ingredients needed to make sweet potato cottage pie including; beef mince, sweet potatoes, cheese,butter, chopped onions, celery, carrots, olive oil. stock pot
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion – finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic – finely chopped
  • 2 sticks celery – finely sliced
  • 500g beef mince (around 18oz ground beef)
  • 2 carrots – peeled and chopped
  • 200ml red wine (around 1/2 American measuring cup)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree (tomato paste)
  • 1 beef stock pot
  • 6 sweet potatoes – peeled and chopped
  • 50g butter (around 1 tbsp full)
  • 100g Cheddar cheese – grated (around 1 American measuring cup)

How To Make Cottage Pie With Sweet Potato Mash Topping

Step by step instructions for making sweet potato cottage pie

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Step One – fry the onions, garlic and celery

  • Heat the olive oil in a pan – tip in the onions, garlic and celery and gently fry over a low heat for 5 minutes to soften.

Step Two – make up the meaty cottage pie filling mixture

  • Tip in the minced beef and fry until browned.
  • Then stir in the carrots, tomato puree and red wine.
  • Add the beef stock pot and bay leaves then season with salt and black pepper. Top up with boiling water until the meat is just covered.

Step Three – cook the sweet potato cottage pie meat filling

  • Bring the meat filling to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid on for around 20 minutes.

Step Four – make the sweet potato mash

  • Meanwhile whilst the filling is cooking. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes – add them to a saucepan, cover with cold water and a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil on the hob.
  • Then reduce the heat and simmer until tender.
  • Drain and mash with the butter and half of the grated cheese.

Step Five – bake the sweet potato cottage pie

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6
  • Tip the meat sauce into the oven proof dish.
  • Top with the cheesy sweet potato mixture and scatter over the rest of the grated cheddar cheese.
  • Then bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the topping is browned and cheese bubbling.

Recipe Tips And Ingredient Swaps 

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie – Your Way – Ingredient Swaps

Add more vegetables – add more veggies into the sauce, try diced swedes, bell peppers, frozen peas or sweetcorn, or some sliced mushrooms.

Plus you can add extra veggies into the mash topping – any mashable root vegetable is fine to use – parsnips, swede, celeriac, carrots or Jerusalem artichokes. You could even top with mashed cauliflower for a lower carb version.

Go veggie – make this a vegetarian pie and use Quorn mince in place of the beef mince.

Use different meat – you can make this cottage pie with any mince you like, try lean ground turkey, chicken mince, ground lamb, plant based mince or even just make the sauce up with canned lentils.

Add some herbs – you can add extra dried herbs to the sweet potato cottage pie if you like, try adding in dried oregano, thyme, rosemary or parsley.

Make it gluten-free – this is an easy recipe to convert to gluten free – just be sure to use all gluten free ingredients.

How To Make Cottage Pie Ahead Of Time

When making the pie up ahead of time, just make it up as above, then cool (within 2 hours of making) and store wrapped in foil in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

When baking from the fridge, cook the sweet potato cottage pie at a lower temperature and for longer. Be sure to check it’s heated thoroughly through to the centre before eating. We recommend using a digital meat thermometer to check properly.

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How To Store Leftover Cottage Pie 

Leftover sweet potato cottage pie can be cooled and stored in the refrigerator wrapped in foil for up to 2 days.

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How To Reheat Cottage Pie 

To reheat, it’s easiest to plate it up into individual portions and reheat in the microwave on high until fully heated throughout. Again we recommend using a digital food thermometer to check the reheated temperature before eating.

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What To Serve With Sweet Potato Cottage Pie 

Sweet Potato pie goes great with any vegetable side dish. But as it’s so orange, we usually serve with some greens

  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Buttery cabbage
  • Green beans
  • Roasted Mediterranen vegetables

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sweet potato cottage pie in a tray next to a blue bowl

Sweet Potato Cottage Pie

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion - finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic - finely chopped
  • 2 sticks celery - finely sliced
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 carrots - peeled and chopped
  • 200ml red wine
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 beef stock pot
  • 6 sweet potatoes - peeled and chopped
  • 50g butter
  • 100g Cheddar cheese - grated

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan - tip in the onions, garlic and celery and gently fry over a low heat for 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Tip in the minced beef and fry until browned.
  3. Then stir in the carrots, tomato puree and red wine.
  4. Add the beef stock pot and bay leaves then season with salt and black pepper. Top up with boiling water until the meat is just covered.
  5. Bring the meat filling to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer with the lid on for around 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile peel and chop the sweet potatoes - add them to a saucepan, cover with cold water and a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil on the hob. Then reduce the heat and simmer until tender.
  7. Drain and mash with the butter and half of the grated cheese.
  8. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6
  9. Tip the meat sauce into the oven proof dish.
  10. Top with the cheesy sweet potato mash.
  11. Scatter over the rest of the grated cheddar cheese and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the topping is browned and cheese bubbling.

Notes

If you need to thicken the meat filling, do so with a couple of teaspoons of cornflour mixed into a paste with some cold water. Stir this thorugh the meat filling, and boil for a couple of minutes to thicken.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 789Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 571mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 7gSugar: 14gProtein: 45g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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