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Lambs & Clams: Lamb & Roasted Root Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie

by FarmgirlGourmet

Lamb and Roasted Root Vegetable Shepherds Pie via farmgirlgourmet.com

It’s that time again.  Lambs & clams time, that is.  For the past 2 months I have been doing a post about either lamb or clams for the Charleston Wine + Food Festivals Lamb and Clams contest.  The person who wins the most votes over a 4 month period will get an all expense paid trip to the festival in March.  To say I am excited about this challenge would be an understatement.  I love a good challenge…and especially when it incorporates food.

This month’s challenge is Border Springs Farms Lamb Shoulder.

Lamb Roasted Root Vegetable Shepherds Pie 2

Now let me just say…lamb + roasted root vegetables in a shepherds pie?  Sometimes crazy combos come to me and not always do they create food nirvana, but I can assure you that this combo works…and works very well!  I made this for my husband and I for lunch and it was so good I made another baking dish and we had it for dinner the same night.  Yep, that good.

Lamb Roasted Root Vegetable Shepherds Pie via farmgirlgourmet.com

Start off by roasting up some roots and onions.  I yanked these gorgeous beets and carrots from my garden…..in DECEMBER.  Yes, I am baffled by this weather but I am not complaining.  Typically we have lots of snow on the ground and I would be wishing I could garden, not actually doing it.

Roasted Root Vegetables

Rough chop up some beets, onions, carrots & fresh sage.  Drizzle with olive oil and s&p and roast them with the yams for about 40 minutes, or until they are easily pierced with a knife.


After the yams have roasted and cooled, they are easily peeled and mashed with a fork.  I added some butter, sour cream and salt and pepper and set them aside while I finished the rest of the dish.

Sauteed Mushrooms

For some added texture, I browned mushrooms with fresh sage, salt and pepper.  Toss them in the pan with the roasted roots while you continue with the lamb.

Border Springs Lamb

Toss 1 pound of lamb shoulder that’s been cut into bite sized pieces with flour, salt and pepper.  Sear on all sides in a tablespoon of butter.  As they have browned, remove them to the baking sheet with the roasted root veggies & mushrooms.  Repeat with the remaining lamb.  No need to cook them all the way through, this is just enough to get a good crust on them that will keep the juices from weeping while it bakes.

Deglaze the Pan

Deglaze the pan with red wine.  Scrape up all of those delicious browned bits.

Wine Reduction

Toss in some slivered garlic and more fresh sage and now it’s time to toss all of the lamb and veggies together and top it with the mashed yam.  Bake it in the oven for 25 minutes and then it’s game on.

Lamb & Roasted Root Vegetable Shepherd's Pie

You can vote for this recipe on Charleston Food + Wine’s Facebook page.  Thank you for your vote!

Lambs & Clams: Lamb & Roasted Root Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Lambs & Clams: Lamb & Roasted Root Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie

Although there are a lot of steps, this dish comes together easily. Reheat any leftovers in the oven as the microwave will make the roasted vegetables rubbery.


  • 2 medium beets, scrubbed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, peeled & cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3 medium carrots, scrubbed, scraped & cut into bite sized pieces
  • 3 sprigs fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 large yam, scrubbed
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • zest from 1/2 orange
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 4 large mushrooms, cleaned and cut into bit sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, coarsely chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lb lamb shoulder, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cloves garlic, slivered
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a small baking dish add the beets, onion, carrots, sage sprigs, tablespoon olive oil and season with salt, pepper and pinch of pepper flakes. Toss gently to coat and roast for 40-45 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside. (leave the oven on)
  3. Add the yams to the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until soft when pierced with a knife. Remove and allow to cool just until you are able to handle them. Put the yam flesh in a medium bowl and add 2 teaspoons butter, sour cream, orange zest and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. While the vegetables are cooking, heat an oven proof skillet over high heat. Add 1 teaspoon butter and add the mushrooms, sage and season with salt and pepper. Brown the mushrooms, about 4 minutes. Remove from the skillet and add to the roasted vegetables.
  5. In a medium bowl, add the flour, salt and pepper and toss the lamb pieces in the flour mixture, removing any excess flour. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the remaining butter. Add the lamb in a single uncrowded layer and brown on each side. Remove to the roasted vegetable dish as they brown, repeat with remaining lamb.
  6. Add the wine and deglaze the pan scraping up the browned bits in the pan, about 1 minute. Add the slivered garlic and sage and add the roasted vegetables, mushrooms and lamb. Toss to coat in the red wine mixture and remove from the heat. Top with the yam mixture and bake at 425 degrees F for 25 minutes, or until the top is starting to brown and the lamb mixture is bubbling around the edges. Remove and serve immediately.

See the Other Entries for this Month:

Vivek’s Epicurean Adventure – Spicy Lamb Tacos

Taste Food Blog – Pomegranate Lacquered Lamb with Quinoa Pilaf & Spicy Hummus

A Cook Blog – Cassoulet

Mango Tomato – Lamb Tacos

Eat Drink RI – Braised Lamb Shoulder

Bunkycooks – Lamb au Vin

One Vanilla Bean – Arepas with Shredded Lamb, Sofrito & Herb Oil

Disclaimer: I received a lamb shoulder from Border Springs Farm for the purpose of recipe development.  I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.  One person will be selected from a group of 7 food bloggers to receive an all expense paid trip to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.


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jamielifesafeast December 26, 2012 - 11:46 pm

OMG not crazy at all! I love this dish! I love the sweet potato topping instead of plain old mashed potatoes. And love what the wine must do to this scrumptious lamb dish. Perfect and homey good.

Esther December 26, 2012 - 5:36 pm

I like shepherd’s pie but this one takes it up a whole notch! Fabulous photos, and very creative using roasted root veg, i cant wait to try. Thanks for sharing and all the best in winning 🙂

fabiola@notjustbaked December 18, 2012 - 9:42 am

I voted! I knew I was going to vote for yours:), but I was browsing the other dishes to see what was out there, and your dish looked and sounded the best by far! The photo is beautiful!

FarmgirlGourmet December 18, 2012 - 10:24 am

Thank you so much Fabiola!! I appreciate the vote! It sure has been a fun experience. The next challenge is to incorporate lamb AND clams together. Should be interesting stuff! 🙂 Thanks again!

mjskit December 15, 2012 - 3:12 pm

I’ve seen quite a few Shepherd pies in the last couple of days (including my own) and I must say that this is the most creative! All of those wonderful ingredients together in one dish has got to be absolutely delicious! You bet I’ll vote for this! 🙂

FarmgirlGourmet December 15, 2012 - 6:35 pm

thank you so much. i appreciate it. 🙂

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles December 12, 2012 - 6:33 pm

Yay, you did it! So fun to see it after hearing about it in person! Beautiful dish, Heather. And you’re still pulling goodies from your garden? You lucky, lucky girl. 🙂

FarmgirlGourmet December 12, 2012 - 7:26 pm

Ha…you remembered Brenda! It was really a great dish. I wish the yam crust didn’t come out so “hot” in the picture. It tasted amazing, just didn’t photograph all that well. Thanks for commenting. xo sweets!

Milisa Armstrong (@missnthekitchen) December 12, 2012 - 5:40 pm

I have never had Shepherd’s Pie before. I want this one now!

FarmgirlGourmet December 12, 2012 - 7:25 pm

You need to make it soon Miss. It’s such an easy and homey fall/winter meal. You can make with beef or pork if you’re not a lamb fan. 🙂

bigbearswife December 12, 2012 - 1:25 pm

What a savory dish!!

Cathy @ Noble Pig December 12, 2012 - 11:45 am

Oh, I have always wanted to go there! I hope you win. This looks amazing and sounds delicious.

Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet December 12, 2012 - 7:23 pm

Thanks Cathy! I hope I do too. Thanks for commenting. I appreciate you!! 🙂

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 12, 2012 - 8:38 am

this looks so tasty!

FarmgirlGourmet December 12, 2012 - 10:22 am

Thanks Elizabeth. It was so good. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

Rachel (@rachelcooksblog) December 12, 2012 - 4:47 am

Oh my goodness, Heather! This is the way Shepherd’s Pie should be!!! Amazing. Gorgeous photos too, as always.

FarmgirlGourmet December 12, 2012 - 10:23 am

Thank you Rach!! I appreciate that. I wasn’t all that pleased with how the photos came out, but it is what it is. It was delish!

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