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Mini Shepherd's Pie cups topped with McCain Smiles mashed potatoes instead of traditional
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Kid Friendly Shepherd’s Pie Cups

Muffin tin sized shepherd's pie cups made for kids with McCain® Smiles® Mashed Potato Shapes on top in place of traditional mashed potatoes. This quick and easy meal is a kid favorite, super flavorful, and mom approved.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: kid friendly shepherd's pie cups, kid friendy shepherd's pie cups recipe
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 414kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion diced fine
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 Tbs flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 2 Tbs heavy cream
  • 12 ounces Peas and Carrots frozen
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 package McCain® Smiles® Mashed Potato Shapes


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees, and cook 1/2 a package of McCain® Smiles® Mashed Potato Shapes according to package directions. Leave oven on when finished to finish the shepherd's pie cups.
  • Meanwhile, in a large fry pan, add ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and parsley, and cook over medium heat, breaking up beef, and browning.
  • Once beef is browned, drain the grease off it, and remove it from the fry pan into a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In the same fry pan, add onions, and garlic, and sauté over medium heat 3-4 minutes, until onions become translucent, and fragrant. Add onions to the bowl with the browned beef.
  • Add butter to the pan and return to the stove to medium heat, and let it melt.
  • Once melted, use a wire whisk to whisk in the 3 Tbs of flour, forming a paste.
  • Slowly add beef stock, whisking as you add it, until incorporated.
  • It should be thickening nicely as you do this.
  • Once desired thickness is reached (1-2 minutes), add frozen vegetables, heavy cream, and the ground beef and onion mixture.
  • Stir, and heat until veggies are heated through. Taste, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as desired.
  • Fill a muffin pan with this ground beef mixture, and top with cheddar cheese, and a cooked McCain® Smiles® Mashed Potato Shape.
  • Put in already heated oven, and cook 4-5 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Serve and enjoy.


Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 806mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5885IU | Vitamin C: 7.7mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 2.7mg