Canadian Shepherds Pie
Canadian Shepherd’s Pie 2.0

February 21, 2022

The Canadian Shepherd’s Pie, also known as Pâté chinois in French Canadian, is part of the Canadian comfy food repertoire.

It is made of mashed potatoes, corn and ground meat. This traditional Canadian dish owes its origin to the Chinese workers who, according to the oral history, made this dish while working on the railway in Quebec, Canada. The recipe was then adopted by the locals there and was later on named pâté chinois (Chinese pie) due to its history.

This dish is really easy to make as it requires minimum ingredients. For this recipe reno I used extra lean ground turkey instead of ground beef and Japanese sweet potatoes (purple skin- white meat) instead of the regular white potatoes. Why would I do that you ask? To reduce fat, thanks to the turkey, and to fill this dish with nutrients find in sweet potatoes.

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Canadian Shepherd’s Pie 2.0

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword Dairy Free Meal, Gluten Free Dish, Shepherds Pie,
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 412kcal


  • 1 Large Skillet
  • 1 Medium Oven Dish


  • 3 whole Japanese Sweet Potatoes Purple skin, white meat
  • 450 grams Extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 can Cream style corn 398mL
  • 1 can Corn 341 mL
  • 1 whole Red Onion Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Montreal Steak Spice
  • ¼ cup Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Paprika Optional
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste


  • Peel potatoes and cut into 2 inches cubes. Boil over medium heat until soft (about 10-15 minutes). Remove water and add almond milk, salt & pepper. Mash until smooth. Set aside.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, melt the olive oil over high heat in a large skillet. Add onions and soften for 30 seconds.
  • Add the meat, garlic salt, Montreal Steak spice, salt & Pepper. Brown meat over medium heat until cooked (no more pink).
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Transfer the cooked meat into a medium oven dish (10 inches large). Add both types of corn on top of the meat, spreading it evenly. With the help of a fork, gently spread the mashed potatoes on top of the corn. Sprinkle with paprika (optional)
  • Put the oven dish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until it is hot throughout.
  • Serve immediately with a side of steamed vegetable or a salad.


* serving size for one person