Spooky Shepherd's Pie


Spooky Shepherd's Pie

Spooky Shepherds Pie
5 Min

In our shortcut for classic Shepherd's Pie, instead of beef, we use cubed cooked chicken. Everything cooks up quickly in a skillet, which makes our Spooky Shepherd's Pie topped with ghostly dollops of mashed potatoes a perfect year-round main dish.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken (see Tips)
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained with 12 peas reserved
  • 1 (10-3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups hot mashed potatoes (instant or leftover)

What to Do

  1. In a large skillet, over high heat, combine all ingredients except potatoes and reserved peas; mix well.
  2. Cook 5 to 8 minutes, or until heated through, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and top with 6 dollops of potatoes to form ghost shapes (see photo).
  3. Place 2 peas in each dollop of potatoes to form eyes on the ghosts (see photo). Serve immediately.


  • Use leftover chicken here or turn to the deli case for thick-cut turkey breast.
  • We recommend a crunchy salad to accompany this shepherd's pie.

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 5

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 381
  • Calories from Fat 136
  • Total Fat 15g 23 %
  • Saturated Fat 7.4g 37 %
  • Trans Fat 0.3g 0 %
  • Protein 26g 51 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 78mg 26 %
  • Sodium 799mg 33 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 36g 12 %
  • Dietary Fiber 5.0g 20 %
  • Sugars 4.3g 0 %

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You can also dollop the ghosts on top and shape with a wet spoon or freshly washed (not dried) fingertips. The water also prevents the potatoes from sticking to the spoon or fingers.

Very fitting! I made this for our Halloween dish and very pleased with the outcome, taste and appearance. Easy to make with all the other projects on this Haunting night.

Try putting the mashed potatoes in a zip lock plastic bag. Cut the corner off and pipe the potatoes thru. Just like you would icing. Hope this helps....

how do you shape the ghosts out of the potatoes?

Watch Richard Dryfus in Close Encounters, he was great making the mountain of his mashed potatoes.

Looks good, however I noticed a crawler/text during the segment stating that a "Sheppard's pie is traditionally made with beef.". I don't believe this is correct. A sheppard's pie is usually made with lamb or mutton, whereas it's beef counterpart is called a 'cotttage pie.' Hope this was helpful. Love your segments though!


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