Sweet Potato and Smoked Paprika Cottage Pies

sweet potato cottage pies

easy to make sweet potato cottage pies

I wanted to make individual little meat and potato pies. I thought the kids would really enjoy these, and they did. Instead of white potatoes I used sweet potatoes. I am a huge fan of smoked paprika, and that added amazing flavor to these. These were a real hit and I will definitely be making them more often. The cool thing about these is you don’t need many ingredients, and you can use whatever veggies you have on hand. These make for an easy and tasty weekday meal!


3 TBS Ghee (preferable OMghee because it’s the best ghee you can find anywhere)

1 pound of grass-fed ground beef

1 large sweet potato peeled and cubed

veggies I used: (really, you can saute any chopped veggies you have on hand in with the meat)

2 stalks of celery finely chopped

1 carrot finely chopped

3 spears of asparagus chopped

1/2 a small onion finely chopped

2 TBS smoked paprika

2 tsp onion powder

sea salt, and fresh cracked black pepper to your liking


Oven to 400 degrees

Put cubed sweet potatoes in a pan with some water, bring to a boil and turn to a low boil for about 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork.

boil cubed sweet potatoes

Using this awesome mix n chop masher, I mashed the potatoes with a big old dollop of ghee, sea salt, pepper, and 1 TBS smoked paprika

mash the potatoes

While those potatoes were cooking, I browned the meat and vegetables in 1 TBS of ghee with some sea salt, black pepper, and 1 TBS smoked paprika (using my mix n chopper again). 🙂

browned meat and veggies

I used (4) individual ramekin bowls. These were under $2 each at Target. I’m sure you can get fancy ones too, if so inclined. I put the meat and veggie mixture in each bowl about 3/4 way full:

individual ramekin bowls

Then I topped each bowl with the mashed sweet potato:

top each bowl with sweet potatoes

Then I sprinkled on some more smoked paprika:

sprinkled on smoked paprika

I popped them in the oven for about 20 minutes, and then carefully (using oven mitt) took them out to cool slightly. I sprinkled some chives on top of each ramekin:

in the oven for about 20 minutes


sweet potato cottage pies served


  1. Rich Murphy says:

    I just made this and it’s awesome. I used a loaf pan because I didn’t have those ramekins.

  2. hello, i don’t understand how ghee and potatoes are paleo?????

    • primalblissnutrition says:

      jenni…I stick with eating real food. I avoid processed foods. Ghee is clarified butter and has amazing health benefits. Many in the “paleo” community use it and many consume sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are real food, nutrient dense, and amazing.

  3. Would it be easier to boil the sweet potatoes, then peel them? My sister made mashed sweet potatoes at Christmas and she did the boil/peel and the skins came right off. Or if you bake them in the oven, you can just scrape out the potato. (I hate peeling most vegetables, so I’m always looking for an easier way.

  4. Pinned…but I have to look up what ghee is.

    • primalblissnutrition says:

      clarified butter…milk proteins have been removed so less hard on the gut. It also has a higher smoke point and can be used for cooking without burning easily like butter.


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