Shepherd’s Pie Surprise Bites


A hearty, warm, comfort food which is a meal on it’s own. Humble Shepherd’s pie is traditionally made with red meat and is topped with mashed potatoes and baked to perfection. It’s a complete meal and is very filling. I made a vegetarian version with black chickpeas, vegetables and made them bite sized.



Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 20 mins

Total time: 30 mins

Shepherd’s Pie Surprise Bytes: Quick vegetarian appetizer of baked mashed potatoes with a surprise shepherd’s pie filling of brown chickpeas.Shepherd's Pie 1

Author: Nand

Recipe type: Side Dish

Cuisine: Fusion Cuisine

Serving Size: 2


  • Potatoes, boiled and mashed – 2 cups
  • Bread crumbs/Crushed cornflakes – 1/2 cup
  • Fresh Parsley, finely chopped – 2 tbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Filling

  • Brown chickpeas, boiled – 1/4 cup
  • Peas – 1/4 cup
  • Onions, finely chopped – 1/4 cup
  • Red and Yellow bell pepper, finely chopped – 1/2 cup
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped – 2 tbs
  • Tomato puree – 2 tbs (or lemon juice – 1 tbs)
  • Grated cheese – 1/4 cup
  • Dried Thyme – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix together the mashed potatoes, bread crumbs, parsley, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning if required.
  2. For the filling, mix together all the ingredients and adjust seasoning if required. Keep aside.
  3. Press 1 tbs of the potato mixture in a greased muffin mold. Greasing is not required if you are using silicon muffin molds.
  4. Press the mixture down in a way that it lines the muffin mold uniformly making a nice and medium thick open bowl.
  5. Now add 1 tsp of the mixture and cover it with a layer of potato mash, similar in thickness to the lower bowl.
  6. I used a knife to make criss cross on top but you can always use your imagination to make various shapes or pipe the potato mash on top as a swirl.
  7. Repeat step 3 till 6 until all the mixture is used up.
  8. Now brush with a little olive oil on top and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degree C for about 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown.
  9. Take them out and let them cool on a wire rack before taking them out otherwise they may break apart.
  10. Take them out gently and serve them with the dip or ketchup.




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