Shepherd’s pies with sweet potato mash

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Piri-piri is a spicy Portugese marinade made from chilli, lime juice and spices. It works with meat, fish or here with juicy chicken thighs. Serve with a crunchy, herby cabbage and carrot coleslaw.



  • lean lamb mince 400g
  • onions 2, diced
  • carrots 2, diced
  • celery 2 sticks, diced
  • rosemary 3 sprigs, needles finely chopped
  • plain flour 1 tbsp
  • red wine a glass
  • lamb stock 400ml
  • sweet potatoes 750g, peeled and cut into chunks
  • butter 25g
  • red chilli 1, finely chopped
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed


  • Step 1

    Heat a non-stick pan and dry fry the lamb until browned (there should be enough fat from the lamb). Add the onions, carrots, celery and half the rosemary and stir. Reduce the heat and cook with a lid on for 5 mins.

  • Step 2

    Sprinkle in the flour and stir well. Add the wine and stock, season, then bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile boil or steam the sweet potato until tender.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 200c/fan 180c/gas 6. Melt the butter in a small pan, add the chilli, garlic and the rest of the rosemary and sizzle for a couple of minutes. Drain the potatoes, then mash with the flavoured butter.

  • Step 4

    Divide the lamb mixture between 4 ovenproof dishes. Top with the mash. Cook for 20-30 minutes until the pies are bubbling.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 439
  • Carbs 52.2g
  • Protein 25.4g
  • Fat 14.3g
  • Salt 1.04g
  • Fibre 7.1g