Tikka Masala Skillet Shepherd's Pie

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This Tikka Masala twist on a classic shepherd’s pie is a comforting gluten-free family dish.

Ingredients test

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (1 1/4 lb)
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (3/4 lb)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter, softened
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) each salt and freshly ground pepper

Lamb Filling

  • 2 tsp (10 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 lb (500 g) lean ground lamb
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) each salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 jar (400 ml) or 1 sachet (200 mL) Patak’s Tikka Masala Sauce(Medium)
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) finely chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Sweet Potato Topping

  1. Cook sweet potatoes and Yukon Gold potatoes in boiling salted water set over medium heat for 18 to 20 minutes or until tender. Drain well. Return back to pot. Add milk, butter, salt and pepper; mash until smooth.

Lamb Filling

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, heat oil in ovenproof high-sided 10-inch skillet set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, for 8 to 10 minutes or until browned; drain fat well from pan.
  2. Stir in onion, carrot, celery, red pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Pour in Patak’s Tikka Masala Sauce; stirring to mix well; bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Spoon Sweet Potato Topping over filling; smooth top. Place skillet on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until filling is bubbling and topping is hot and lightly golden. Garnish with cilantro.



Sweet Potato Topping: If you like it spicy, garnish with sliced chilies. If not drizzle with some yogurt. Lamb Filling: Can substitute, ground beef, pork or turkey for the lamb.