Toddler Shepherd's Pie

Toddler Shepherd's Pie

Recipe Rating: 3.48042
Makes about 12 servings
The whole family will love this simplified version of a classic comfort food, made with ground lamb, veggies and creamy Yukon Gold potatoes. Freeze leftovers in individual portions for easy meals for your toddler.
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 4 medium carrots (about 1/2 pound total), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup shelled fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef (not lean)
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
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Place potatoes in a large saucepan, cover by 1 inch with water and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water and then drain potatoes well. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and mash with a potato masher until smooth, adding some of the reserved cooking water to make potatoes spreadable. (Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water for later use.)  

Meanwhile, bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add carrots and cook until just tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add peas and cook until carrots and peas are very tender, about 2 minutes more. Drain well and set aside.    

Cook ground lamb in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until almost cooked through but still juicy, 5 to 7 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and translucent and lamb is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Add reserved 1/2 cup cooking water and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until just thickened, about 1 minute more. Remove from heat and stir in carrots and peas.  

Transfer lamb and vegetable mixture to an 8-inch-square baking dish and spread potatoes evenly over the top and serve. (Optional: Preheat the broiler. Place the dish under the broiler until potatoes are just browned, 2 to 4 minutes, watching carefully to ensure they don’t burn.)  

The pie will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

(Suggested age: 12 months and up)
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 160 calories 9g total fat, 50mg sodium, 10g carbohydrates, (2 g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 8g protein.
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