Recipe By Dianna
Published May 18th
Prep 30m Cook 1h 10m Additional 15m Ready In 1h 55m
Servings 12 potato halves Calories 710.8

Take twice-baked potatoes and add a wintertime fave – shepherd’s pie – and you come up with this tasty meal! It’s my revamp of a recipe that was in our newspaper a couple of years ago and we love it. Make it your own by varying the ingredients to fit your taste. I did and my family loves it! The next time I make these tasty taters, I’m going to toss a few cooked peas on top of the meat mixture (under the potatoes) and make it a true shepherd’s pie supper!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 6 large baking potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chile-infused olive oil, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ pound sliced mushrooms
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed, or to taste
  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 tablespoon dried summer savory
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons spicy mustard
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese, divided
  • 1 bunch green onions, diced
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. 2 Prick potatoes several times with a fork. Place onto the prepared baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil.
  3. 3 Bake in the preheated oven until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, 60 to 75 minutes.
  4. 4 While the potatoes are baking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, bell pepper, and onion; saute until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more. Add ground beef and sausage; cook, breaking up into small pieces, until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in summer savory and steak seasoning.
  5. 5 Push meat mixture to the sides of the skillet; melt butter in the center. Add flour to the melted butter; whisk to combine and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper; simmer until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. 6 Remove potatoes from the oven. Allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Slice each potato in half lengthwise. Scoop the flesh into a large bowl, saving the potato shells. Add 3/4 cup Gouda cheese, green onions, sour cream, paprika, salt, and pepper to the potato flesh; mash well to combine. Allow to sit for 5 minutes so flavors can meld.
  7. 7 Place the potato shells on the aluminum-foil lined baking sheet. Fill the shells with the meat mixture, then top with the potato mixture. Sprinkle with remaining Gouda.
  8. 8 Bake until cheese is melted and potato mixture is golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 710.8
  • Carbohydrate 78.9 g
  • Cholesterol 86.1 mg
  • Fat 32.5 g
  • Fiber 11 g
  • Protein 28.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 14.4 g
  • Sodium 1224.6 mg
  • Sugar 7.8 g

Chef's Notes

Everyone has a fave shepherd's pie recipe. In my family, we toss a bit of summer savory into the meat mixture and it really enhances the dish; White or yellow onion can be used in place of green onions, and any color bell pepper works. Use your favorite cheese instead of smoked Gouda, and try other ground meat. Dijon mustard works well as a substitute for spicy mustard; I make my own flavored olive oils, which adds a ton of flavor. I also make a lot of my own stock, which doesn't contain the sodium that commercial brands do; Potatoes can easily be cooked the night before and left to cool in fridge for ease of preparation the next day.


  1. Nice, easy recipe. My family loved it!
  2. Made as written and we loved this. The one thing that I think was missing was some milk in the potato mixture. While it tasted great, it wasn't the consistency of mashed potatoes like would be on a shepherd's pie. I left them "lumpy" but will add a little bit of milk next time. This - Read more ...