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Shepherd’s Pie Potato Skins

A novel way to serve old-fashioned shepherd’s pie
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Potato Baking Time1 hour
Course: Dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: baked potato recipes, comfort food, potato skins, shepherd's pie
Servings: 4
Calories: 447kcal


  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 1 tbs olive oil or soft butter
  • 1 tsp paprika


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tbs onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup finely diced carrots
  • 1 cup beef gravy

For Mashed Potatoes:

  • 1/2-3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1 tbs butter


  • Brown ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peas and carrots and continue to cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes; stir in the gravy, cover and set aside. It may be necessary to reheat this at the time of the assembly.
  • Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Scrub potatoes to remove all dirt and sand then dry with paper towels.
  • Rub each potato with a bit of butter or olive oil (the amount given above is approximate). Pierce each potato with a fork in several places so steam can escape. Bake approximately 1 hour or until potato feels “soft” when gently squeezed. Remove from oven and let them cool until they can be handled.
  • Cut potatoes in half lengthwise then scoop out most of the potato leaving about 1/8-inch/0.3cm “wall.” Place the scooped out portion in a bowl and mash with the milk and butter, using only enough milk to make creamy potatoes—the amount of milk is approximate.
  • Fill the scooped out potatoes with equal portions of the meat mixture then top each with an equal amount of the mashed potato. Sprinkle with paprika. Place on a baking tray.
  • Preheat broiler and broil until potato topping is just beginning to brown.


If there’s not enough mashed potatoes to top skins with, some instant mashed potato may be used to top it up to the desired amount.
These can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen for future use, but stop after they are assembled. If refrigerated, heat about 30 minutes in a 350F/180C oven. If frozen, increase the time to about 60 minutes (times approximate).



Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 1428mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3195IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 5mg