This shepherd’s pie with kielbasa is a twist on the traditional recipe. This recipe changes up the flavors a bit for a whole new comfort food.
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What is Shepherd’s Pie?
A Shepherd’s Pie is a meat with vegetables and mashed potatoes on top. This pie is basically a casserole. The ingredients are layered in the container and topped with mashed potatoes or a pastry and baked.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Shepherd’s Pie is a common and inexpensive British dish originating from the sheep country in Scotland and northern England. This dish first came about late in the 1700s and early 1800s. Accordingly, housewives back then were on the frugal side. Much like we do today, they were looking for ways to incorporate those leftovers that husbands and kids would turn up their noses at. The struggle was real back then just like today.
Use a Pan or Kettle for Baking
When I was growing up, my family always made their shepherd’s pie in a kettle. However, I often see it made on a cake pan. There is no right or wrong cooking vessel. Use the one you like to use for this delicious dish.
Each spoonful of this casserole get some bits of melty cheese, sauerkraut, kielbasa, and mashed potatoes. It’s pure comfort food.
Making the Mashed Potatoes
These days, you have options for the mashed potatoes. Make your own and season them the way you wish. Use my recipe for mashed potatoes. Of course, there is a quick option of purchasing them in the grocery. If you do use the pre-made version, make sure to follow the package directions and make them before adding the mashed potatoes to this recipe.
Shepherd’s Pie with Kielbasa
- 2 16 oz. Rings Kielbasa you can also use ring bologna too
- 8 Slices Swiss Cheese
- 16 Oz. Sauerkraut
- 8 Slices Muenster Cheese
- 6 Cups Mashed Potatoes
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice up the Polish Kielbasa into about 1/2 – 1" pieces.
- Spread over bottom of kettle or cake pan. Add the Swiss Cheese slices on top of the Kielbasa
- Drain the sauerkraut in a colander. Layer over the top of the Swiss Cheese.
- Layer the Muenster Cheese on top of the sauerkraut.
- Layer on the mashed potatoes
- Smooth out the mashed potatoes and bake for 45 minutes or until hot the potatoes are beginning to brown. If you would like the potatoes a bit more browned, leave in for a bit longer.