Shepherd’s pie (with potato gem top!)

You’re going to be surprised when you take your first bite of this pie! The filling is warm, rich and comforting, with a crispy, crunchy potato gem top. The potato gems soak up all those delicious juices and get super crispy and golden brown in the oven. It’s a surprisingly delicious take on a classic dish, without the need to cook up mash potato for the top.

The rich tomato based sauce is also veggie loaded, with carrot, celery and onion. So you can feel good about adding this to your weekly rotation.

I like to use lamb mince in my pie, but you can also use beef mince. Just use what’s readily available to you!

I also used a 26cm, 1.5L baking dish for this recipe. If you have a slightly larger baking dish, go with 750g of beef mince and an extra 1/2 cup of stock.

This is absolutely a recipe you will make again and again. It serves 4 adults comfortably, and it suitable for toddlers.

Shepherd’s pie (with potato gem top!)

4.8 from 2 votes

This comforting Shepherd's pie is topped with crispy, golden potato gems, soaking up all of that delicious, flavourful sauce for the perfect crunchy bite.  The filling is warm and rich, loaded with carrot, celery and onion, so you can feel good about adding this to your weekly rotation. It's a surprisingly delicious take on a classic dish, without the need to cook up mash potato for the top. Your whole family will absolutely love this dish!

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 40 mins Total Time 45 mins Difficulty: Beginner Cooking Temp: 200  °C Servings: 4



  1. Preheat oven

    Pre-heat your oven to 180C, fan-forced.

  2. Prepare vegetables

    Finely dice your onion, carrot and celery.

  3. Soften your vegetables

    Fry your vegetables over medium heat in a little olive oil (about 1 tbsp), until soft. This should take around 5 minutes. 

  4. Add your lamb or beef

    Add your lamb of beef mince. Cook, using a wooden spoon to break it apart, until browned. About 5-7 minutes.

  5. Add tomato paste, then flour

    Add your tomato paste and stir through, then add flour and stir though.

  6. Add stock and herbs

    Add 2 cups beef stock plus your fresh rosemary. I use scissors and cut off small pieces right into the sauce.

  7. Simmer

    Simmer for 5-10 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat.

  8. Assemble pie

    To assemble pie:

    • Add your filling to a baking dish, leaving room for potato gems.
    • Top with mozzarella cheese
    • Top with potato gems
  9. Bake

    Bake at 200C until top is starting to crisp. I baked mine for 30 minutes, but this will depend on your oven. At 20 minutes, check every 5 or so minutes to make sure it doesn't overcook. Enjoy!

Keywords: potato gems, shepherd's pie, family meal


A passionate foodie and mum!


  1. Mille

    This recipe is so easy and so delicious! Just a note though, you forgot to add the potato gems to the list of ingredients 🙂

    • cookwithwenty

      Oh my goodness, what a mistake! Thanks so much, I have just updated it. Really appreciate your comment!

  2. Jake

    This was a very nice meal and can cook for lots of people really rate it

    • ashleigh.cooks

      Thank you so much for your comment Jake! It makes me so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe 🙂


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