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.
Kielbasa Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
There are just five layers to this delicious and hearty pie. This is one of those comfort foods that is so quick to make and perfect for warming you up on a cold day.
The first layer is the kielbasa. I cut the rings into bite-sized pieces. Next is the Swiss cheese and Muenster cheese. I just love the combination of the kielbasa with this cheese. You can use sliced or shredded. Today, I layered on the sliced cheese.
Next is the Sauerkraut. Just make sure to drain before adding or the casserole will become too watery.
Lastly, top this off with the mashed potatoes. I prefer my homemade mashed potatoes. It is a great way to use any leftovers from a previous meal.
Bake this casserole and in no time, you will be enjoying a delicious comforting meal for the whole family.
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.
No time to make your own mashed potatoes? No worries. I have used the store bought mashed potatoes with good success. 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.