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six cooked mini Shepherd's PIe Muffins on a large white plate with a toddler hand grabbing one

Mini Shepherd's Pie Muffins

A quick and easy, baby and kid-friendly twist on an Irish classic comfort food, these mini shepherd pie muffins are filled with beef, vegetables and topped with creamy mashed potatoes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Diet Low Salt
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 115kcal



for the potatoes

  • 2 large (about 500g) russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 ½ cup (165g) broccoli florets , roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ cup (or more) of shredded cheese of choice

for the beef mixture

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ cup (65g) finely chopped yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 cup (145g) forzen vegetable medley (corn, peas, carrots) , thawed
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg , whisked
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce , optional


To make broccoli mashed potatoes:

  • Add water to a large pot and insert a steamer basket, making sure the surface of the water doesn't come above the basket. Bring to a boil. Add potatoes, cover and steam for 10 minutes. Add broccoli on top, cover and steam for 6-8 more minutes, until potatoes and broccoli are easily mashed with a fork.Transfer to a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue mashing to desired consistency. 

To make the muffin base:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and carrots. Cook for 5min. Add tomato paste and thyme and combine until well incorporated, about a minute or so.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool. To the same bowl, add the ground beef, egg, and worcestershire, if using. Be careful not to overwork the mixture. Divide mixture into greased or lined 12 muffin cups.
  • Add mashed potatoes on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes.


Time saving tip: make the broccoli mashed potatoes the day before to save time the day of.
Baby led weaning tips:
  • As always, I was cautious with the salt usage. If serving to older children and/or adults, season meat with salt and pepper. Can also omit the worcestershire sauce and cheese
  • A note about peas and corn. They do get pretty soft upon cooking but if you're feeling nervous, either give them a quick chop or substitute with other vegetables, like zucchini, bell peppers, broccoli, bell peppers, etc.


Calories: 115kcal | Protein: 10g | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2.5mg