Mini Shepherd's Pie

19 May 2014

Mini Shepherd's Pie

Mini Shepherd's Pie


Let me just begin by saying that I adore my muffin pan.

We have been through a lot together. Be it breakfast with some apple streusel muffins, dinner with some mini lasagnas, or dessert with some mini chocolate pumpkkin tarts, I can always depend on my muffin pan to deliver glorious food to my face table.

I know.. it seems like I am in a relationship with pretty much every kitchen appliance in my house. But this week me and my food processor are on a break. Time for the muffin pan.



Mini Shepherd's Pie


These might just be my new favorite thing.

When I was younger, my dad's specialty dish was shepherd's pie. That was the only thing I ever requested him to make. Only because I was requesting it every day.

Which leads me to the reason I made these. So I never stopped having shepherd's pie cravings, but the only problem is that making it takes SO FREAKING LONG! That is..when my dad made it. He would cook everything up, then when it was time to put the thing in the oven, it would take a couple of HOURS. There was no way that I was going to use his recipe when I have the patience of a 5 year old. I WANT IT NOW!


Mini Shepherd's Pie


So making little bite sized shepherd's pies sounded like the best way to go. Not only are they cute, easy and fast to make, they also save on doing the dishes if you eat them straight out of the muffin pan. Standing over the sink.

Don't you wish you were that classy?


Mini Shepherd's Pie




Mini Shepherd's Pie 
printable recipe


What you'll need:

  • 1 can (10) biscuits (pillsbury crescents or cut up pie crust also work)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1/3 cup grated cheese


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425˚F.
  2. Mold the biscuits into the shape of each muffin cup. Bake in the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly brown. Remove from oven, and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil on a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef, and cook until brown. Add in the onions, garlic, carrots and peas until the onions are transparent and fragrant, around 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, and mix in the ketchup, salt and pepper.
  4. Microwave the leftover mashed potatoes until warm, around 2-3 minutes.
  5. Scoop equal amounts of the ground beef mixture into each muffin cup. Top each with mashed potatoes, and sprinkle the grated cheese on top.
  6. Return to the oven, and bake for around 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.


Adapted from Food Network




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29 comments:

  1. These are possibly the cutest shepherd's pies ever! Love them in mini form.

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  2. So fun. I'm sure my kids would eat these over traditional Shepherds pie any day!
    Have a marvelous Monday!

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  3. Looks delicious!! I do love Sheppard Pie! I know I could not eat just one! Blessings, Catherine

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  4. Fun, cute, and clever. My kids would gobble these right up!

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  5. I love this mini twist on shepherd's pie! It's one of our favorite meals, but I love seeing it down-sized. Delicious!

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  6. These pies look really cute and love that they are easy to make :)

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  7. Shepherd pie in a mini form sounds awesome! I could eat a whole bunch of these :D

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  8. When I went last year to England I came back wanting to make a shepherd pie and still never did it!! These tiny ones looks delicious. Maybe it´s a sign? haha

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  9. Hi Cathleen, these little sheperd pies look so yummy!!! With a nice salad it can be a perfect dinner!
    Chantal

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  10. That's a really nice idea to make little, cute and delicious shepherd's pies!

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  11. These look wonderful Cathleen! I love shepherd's pie and making it like this would also be perfect for freezing down leftovers (if they ever make it to that stage *sneaky grin*) for those days you crave a lovely little pie :D One question though, you mention "biscuits" and I thought it was actual biscuits, but is this more like an already made pastry?
    Thanks for a great recipe m'dear :D x

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    1. Haha, oh right. I forgot the two meanings of biscuits. No, I mean an already made pastry thing. I will add a link to my recipe to show you what I mean. Thanks!

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  12. Nice recipe- pretty handy to pack for lunch or something :)

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  13. I love the mini version...they look so inviting, Cathleen.

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  14. How cute! I love my muffin pan too, there's really nothing it doesn't improve. :)

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  15. These are such a great idea, Kathleen! Shepherd's pie was one of my childhood favourites, so you can come and bring these to a party of mine any time!

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  16. I've been doing some muffin pan cooking too since my other pans are packed!

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  17. I had a relationship with my panini press and currently I've got quite the thing going on with my ice cream maker. I get it. :) And now I'm craving shepherd's pie!

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  18. These mini shepherd pies are super cute! I would eat them straight out of the muffin tin too! :D

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  19. I am liking this recipe! What a great idea and they would also make perfect little appetizers!

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  20. Cathleen, this is a great idea! Eating over the sink, I mean hee..hee...I would love to try your mini Shepherds Pie. It's a lot easier to eat too, no need to bother with slicing.

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  22. Love the idea of mini Shepherd's Pie! They look so cute. And I'll bet these are awfully tasty. It's been ages since I've had Shepherd's Pie, and now, of course, I'm craving it. Thanks! I think. :D

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  23. Such cute mini pies, they look full of flavour without being too filling :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  24. These look SO CUTE!!! Aww, that`s adorable how you would request shepherd's pie from your dad. :)

    Love these mini versions!

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  25. Aw, these are so cute!!

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  26. This looks delicious, and it’s a major benefit that you’ve cut down on the cooking time. A full sized shepherd’s pie takes forever to make! These bite sized treats are ideal for a snack at a cocktail party, or for the kids to take with them to school. Are you able to freeze and reheat them later?

    Lisa @ Westinghouse Small Appliances

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    1. Hi Lisa!
      These mini shepherds pies freeze perfectly! And they keep for up to 2 months in the freezer!
      To reheat, put them on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake at 375˚F for around 15-20 minutes.

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  27. These are so cute! I love Shepherd's Pie but portion control can be a challenge. These little versions are perfect for combatting that!

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