Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie Potato Skins

"These crispy potato skins are packed with the classic shepherd’s pie filling and get their kick from sharp cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream."
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photo by Arlyn Osborne photo by Arlyn Osborne
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Ready In:
1hr 45mins




  • Prick the potatoes all over with a fork. Working in two batches, place the potatoes directly on the microwave turntable and microwave for 10-15 minutes or until soft when pricked with a knife.
  • When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in half horizontally. Scoop the flesh into a bowl, leaving a small layer of potato in the skins.
  • Place the potato skins, flesh side down on two parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Reserve the potato flesh for another use.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Heat about a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and thyme. Sauté until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef. Cook until browned, breaking up with a wooden spoon.
  • Sprinkle the flour over and stir, cooking for 1 minute.
  • Add the beef broth and Worcestershire. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add the peas and carrots and let simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Turn heat to low, cover, and keep warm.
  • Brush the potato skins with vegetable oil and bake for 7-10 minutes until the skin is crispy.
  • Flip potato skins over and fill each skin with about 2 tablespoons of cheese.
  • Top the cheese with 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture.
  • Bake for 7-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • Top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of parsley.

Questions & Replies

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  1. preagle
    I would think that a Shepherd's Pie version would have the mashed potatoes on top, then cheese and sour cream. I haven't tried these yet, but I believe I would go ahead and mash the scooped out potato with butter, cream and S&P; top the meat mixture with the mashed potatoes and then cheese. Then, finish it off with sour cream before serving. Yum...


  1. kittybohls
    I like to make things ahead. I make the filling for Shepherd"s Pie and freeze it in individual portions. When I want to eat it sometimes I just throw some mashed potatoes over it and microwave or bake it. Sometimes I Microwave a potato and scoop out the potato and fill with the premade mixture. And sometimes I top the premade mixture with tator tots and bake.
  2. NYDaveF
    This is "Cottage Pie". Shepards pie is made with lamb.



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