In my mind I love shepherd's pie... I actually don't think I've ever had the traditional version, but whenever I see it, it always sounds so good. When I came across this recipe for a version of mini shepherd's pie, I figured it would be a good alternative to try out before tackling the task of making the real thing.
As it goes with most new recipes I try out, there were some major issues along the way, starting right away with the biscuits-- buuut I managed to improvise and was actually quite proud of myself with the end result.
The recipe is supposed to make 12 biscuits, so when I saw that my biscuits only came with 8 I figured I didn't grab a big enough can... so I put one biscuit in each muffin tin. Once I started baking them I quickly realized that was incorrect because they had expanded so much there was no center to fill anything! Feeling defeated, I decided to cut out the middle of the dough and I was left with somewhat of a little cup- problem solved!
I followed the recipe as directed for the most part-- using half of each ingredient since I was only making 6 mini pies.
I didn't have any leftover potatoes, so the ones I used were warm because I had just made them-- because of this, once I put all of the ingredients together I put them in the oven for about 5-6 minutes, or just until the cheese had melted on the top.
Being honest here, I had a hard time getting the potatoes and the meat mixture to fit in the biscuit cups so the bread to filling ratio was a little off- the biscuit and potatoes are my favorite part so I wasn't too bothered by this, but if you're big on the meat filling you might be disappointed.
Above you can see the not so pretty biscuits after I cut out the middle. According to a lot of the reviews on the website, the seasoning listed for the potatoes is incorrect so if you follow the full recipe, I'd be aware of that. I actually didn't add any garlic of flavors to the potatoes since there had already been garlic added in the meat mixture. If there's anything I dislike more than too much salt, it might be too much garlic!
Overall, these were delicious and a fun little play on shepherd's pie! After the biscuit mishap I was worried about the texture, but these really were good enough to share (or not to share).
I didn't post the full recipe because I followed everything exactly as you'll find it here. Let me know if you prefer the full ingredient list and directions.
Are you a fan of Shepherd's pie? Do you like changing up traditional recipes, or do you prefer the real thing? I'm linking up with Emily and Mary- make sure to check out their linkups for more delicious recipes!