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Mini Shepherd’s Pies

~ Celebrate St.Patrick’s Day with these hearty mini shepherd’s pies topped with fluffy green mashed potato frosting. Simple, yet delicious crowd-pleaser. ~

These convenient mini shepherd’s pies with fluffy green mashed potato frosting are a perfect party appetizer for your St.Patrick’s Day party.

St. Patty’s day is just around the corner. Anyone is excited?

As a huge Guinness fan, I use this occasion as an excuse to use up as much stout as I can in my everyday cooking, in my soups, in my sauces, in cakes, or just straight up. Last year, I tried this Potato Cheddar Guinness Soup from Simply Recipes, and it was delicious. I also shared my favorite Guinness-infused Irish Shepherd’s Pie  here on the blog.

But today, it’s not about Guinness. Instead, I made for you my cute little mini shepherd’s pies with fluffy green mashed potatoes. Don’t they look like cupcakes though? These hearty little appetizers are not little on flavor field and perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day party. They pair exceptionally well with glass of ice-cold stout. 

These convenient mini shepherd’s pies with fluffy green mashed potato frosting are a perfect party appetizer for your St.Patrick’s Day party.

Did I mention it’s incredibly easy to make these little bites? For the mashed potatoes, we use spinach for bright green coloring. It’s not overpowering and an awesome addition to our simple mashed potato frosting. We don’t want the mashed potatoes too runny, so don’t be tempted to add more milk.

For the meat base, it’s quite straight forward as well. Mix everything well. I find diving in with clean hands is the best way to mix the meat mixture. Here is my quick tip to divide the meat into 12 equal parts. No need to bring out scale here. Basically, flatten the mixture in the bowl and divide it into 4 parts, then each quarter into thirds, as if you’re cutting a pie.

One more tip, remember meat shrinks during cooking, so when you pipe the mashed potatoes, make sure it doesn’t cover the entire base. as pictured below.

Mini Shepherds Pies- step by step recipe

Simple enough, don’t ya think?

These convenient mini shepherd’s pies with fluffy green mashed potato frosting are a perfect party appetizer for your St.Patrick’s Day party.

What are you planning for St. Patrick’s Day?

Hope you enjoyed my recipe today. Thanks for stopping by!

Mini Shepherd's Pies

These convenient mini shepherd’s pies with fluffy green mashed potato frosting are a perfect party appetizer for your St.Patrick’s Day party.

Yield: 12 mini pies

Ingredients:

For Mashed Potatoes:

  • 2 large russet potatoes (about 500gr), peeled and cut into pieces
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ½ cup fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup (60ml) milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • Ground black pepper to taste

For Meat Base:

  • 1lb (450gr) ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • ½ cup frozen peas

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a large pot filled with water, boil the potatoes with ½ tablespoon of salt until tender, 15-20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Remove from heat and add the spinach for 2 minutes. Strain the hot water, run the spinach under cold water and then squeeze out the excess water. Place the spinach into a blender and add the milk. Blend until smooth.
  4. Once the potatoes are cooked, strain. Using a potato masher, mash the hot potatoes with butter and spinach mixture until nice and smooth. (Make sure to mash the potatoes as soon as you strain for the fluffiest texture.) Taste it and salt and pepper to taste. Transfer it into a pastry bag, or a ziplock bag with one end cut.
  5. While potatoes are cooking, in a medium bowl, mix together ground beef, egg, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt and thyme. (Dig in with your clean hands; it’s the best way.) Add the frozen peas and mix well.
  6. Divide the meat mixture into 12 muffin cups. Pipe the mashed potatoes on top. (As meat shrinks during cooking, pipe the mashed potatoes so that it doesn’t completely cover the meat.)
  7. Bake for 25-30minutes and serve warm.

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45 comments

  1. I’m LOVING the spinach in the mash on these mini pies!!  How creative and super cute!!  I’m definitely making these this year for St. Pat’s!

  2. What adorable and delicious-looking shepherds pies! I may not be a kid, but I’d love those green topped little lovelies – for St. Patty’s Day or just a treat on another day. 

  3. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon.

  4. These are ingenious! They’re such a cute size and look completely delectable, and I LOVE that the vibrant green color is all natural! 

  5. How fun!  Pinning & will definitely be making (love that the green comes from spinach – bonus veggie!).

  6. Oh my…so delicious! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7. Lou Lou Girls

  7. What a festive spin on a classic, so creative! And spinach mashed potatoes are so yummy, too 🙂

  8. What a fun idea! I’ve been planning to make a play on a shepherd’s pie, too, but I have to admit that a “cupcake” version is way cuter than what I had in mind. 😀 Pinning!

  9. Hello! Stopping by from the Weekend re-Treat link party. I love shepherd’s pies and these are so cute! Thank you for sharing. I’ve pinned it to share with others.

  10. These mini pies are too fun! One of the most attractive versions of shepherd’s pie I have ever seen! Simply brilliant!

  11. This looks wonderful! LOVE the addition of the spinach!

  12. What a cute idea!!! These look so good and I love the green mashed potatoes! 🙂

  13. I have never had a shepherds pie but i’ve heard of them. I love these mini versions. Linking up from Inspiration Monday. 

  14. Perfect for my book club on Monday night, the 16th!

  15. I bet my son would love these! Thanks for linking up at Best of the Weekend!

  16. Those are so adorable!! I love Shepherds Pie, so this is going on the list.

  17. I am all about festive food in a natural way, so I am totally in love with these!!

  18. These are so stinking cute! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

  19. Love these mini-pies, and like that you included spinach as well. Looks great!

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