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Grill Baked Shepherd's Pie

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Grill Baked Shepherd's Pie
Serves 6
Prep Time:
Grill time: 30

This meal is great. I like making a bunch of little ones and freezing them – before cooking them – for a quick weeknight dinner. They’re single serve and the perfect size. Adding the smoke makes the potatoes taste like the ones from the Plank Smoked Mashed Potatoes or you can use leftover mashed potatoes too, so either way they are super yummy. OH and if you’re into it, you can also top it with cheese if you like.

What is your favourite nostalgia meal? I’m sure I have asked this before, but I love hearing about stuff like this. Leave a comment below and tell us about the meals you had growing up. If you make them for your family, do they bring back memories of your childhood?


January 23, 2013

I know I just posted this recipe, but I made a bunch of little ones for the freezer too. I am eating one for lunch right now. SO good! Let it thaw in the fridge before re-heating. 3 mins in the microwave and 5 under the convection toaster (got to have that crunchy potato top!) Or 35 to 40 minutes at 400°F, from thawed, on the grill.

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Fill almost full with beef mixutre
Fill almost full with beef mixutre
Top with the mashed potatoes
Top with the mashed potatoes
Serve steaming from the grill
Serve steaming from the grill

Grill Baked Shepherd's Pie

Serves: 6       Total Time: 115


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1½ tsp. steak spice
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. sriracha or your favourite hot sauce
  • 1 small carrot, diced
  • ¼ cup of corn
  • ¼ cup of peas
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 to 3 tbsp. flour
Potato Topping
  • 3 large potatoes
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 1 tbsp. dill
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder or one clove, crushed
  • salt to taste


Step 1
*Optional* Soak two handfulls of cedar wood chips before starting. Wash and peel your potatoes. Boil them until they’re done, pierce with a fork or knife, if they offer no resistance and then slide right off, they’re ready. Drain the potatoes and mash them with the butter, dill and garlic. Salt to taste. Set aside.
Step 2
In a large skillet, brown the beef with the steak spice. Drain 2 to 3 tbsp. into a saucepan for making the gravy, and return the beef to the heat and add the onion, garlic and vegetables.
Step 3
Make a paste with the flour and the beef drippings, then slowly add the beef broth until you have a satisfying gravy, stirring the whole time. Add the sriracha.
Step 4
Preheat the grill to 350°-400°F. Prepare for indirect grilling.
Step 5
Spray a large pie plate, or at least six-1 cup-oven safe dishes, with cooking spray. Fill the dishes ¾ of the way full with the beef mixture. Add the gravy and then top with mashed potatoes.
Step 6
Place the pie plate over the “off” side of the grill and grill bake the shepherd’s pie for about 30 minutes, or until the top is crispy and golden.
Step 7
*Optional* Fill a Stainless Steel Smoker Tube with the soaked wood chips and when you place your shepherd's pie on the "off" side of the grill, place the Smoker Tube on the "on" side of the grill to smoke while the shepherd's pie bakes.

Days like today remind us that it is still winter out there. With the temperature falling below -20°C, I want something hearty and warm to eat. That’s where Grill Baked Shepherd’s Pie comes in. This meal comes off the grill steaming and delicious. The topping of potato is creamy after cracking through the crispy mashed potato top. This is something that your Mom or Granny used to make. It brings back memories of tobogganing and red noses, hot cocoa and family.

Wow nostalgia much? I hope that this recipe brings back as much for you as it does for me.