Zucchini Shepherd’s Pie-ish

September 5, 2023

In the world of comfort foods, anything adorned with a creamy layer of mashed potatoes holds a special place. The hearty warmth of this classic dish has the power to transport us to memories of home-cooked meals. But what happens when we add a garden-fresh twist to this all time favorite? Enter the Zucchini Shepherd’s Pie-ish, a creation that marries the coziness of mashed potatoes with the abundance of zucchinis from our gardens.

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Zucchini Abundance:

Every gardener knows the feeling: zucchinis seem to multiply faster than we can pluck them from the vines. These prolific green vegetables have a way of taking over our gardens during the summer months. While we adore their fresh, crisp texture and versatility, there comes a time when we wonder how to keep up with the zucchini parade on our kitchen counters.

The Perfect Solution: Zucchini Shepherd’s Pie-ish

Enter the Zucchini Shepherd’s Pie-ish, the perfect solution to an abundance of zucchinis. This dish allows you to put those garden-fresh treasures to excellent use. Sautéed to tender perfection with onions and garlic, the zucchinis take on a savory flavor. When paired with creamy mashed potatoes, they create a perfect blend that’s as delicious as it is comforting.

How to Create Your Zucchini Shepherd’s Pie-ish:

  1. Sauté the Zucchinis: Begin by sautéing your zucchinis with onions and garlic until they’re tender and fragrant. The aroma alone is enough to make your mouth water.
  2. Creamy Mashed Potatoes: While your zucchinis are sizzling, prepare a batch of creamy mashed potatoes. These will serve as the top layer, bringing a satisfying richness to the dish.
  3. Assembly: In a Dutch oven or large skillet, layer the sautéed zucchinis as the base. Then, gently spread the creamy mashed potatoes on top, creating a beautiful contrast of textures and flavors.
  4. Baking Perfection: Pop your creation into the oven and let it bake until the top of the mashed potatoes is golden and inviting.
  5. Enjoy: Finally, indulge in your Zucchini Shepherd’s Pie-ish. It’s not just a meal; it’s a comforting embrace of summer’s bounty.

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So, the next time your garden seems to overflow with zucchinis, don’t fret. Whip up this garden-inspired dish and savor the flavors of comfort and abundance in every bite. The Zucchini Shepherd’s Pie-ish is here to remind us that the best dishes are often the simplest ones, crafted with love and the freshest ingredients from our gardens.

Zucchini Shepherd’s Pie-ish

Recipe by Raquel QuevedoCourse: EntreeCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium


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This recipe will yield 6 large servings


  • For the Zucchini Layer:
  • 5 small to medium-sized zucchinis

  • 1 large yellow onion

  • 6 cloves of garlic

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons of salt

  • Black pepper to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 20 grams chopped parsley

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • For the Mashed Potatoes:
  • 8 medium-sized potatoes

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 4 tablespoons butter

  • 1 cup milk


  • Preparing the Zucchini Layer:
  • Start by washing and dicing the zucchinis into small cubes, about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Finely dice the large yellow onion and mince the garlic cloves.
  • In a Dutch oven or a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and minced garlic, sautéing until they become translucent and fragrant.
  • Add the sliced zucchinis to the skillet, along with 1 teaspoon of salt and black pepper to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchinis are tender and slightly browned, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the ground nutmeg over the zucchini mixture, followed by the chopped parsley. Stir well to incorporate the flavors.
  • In a small bowl, mix the heavy cream and cornstarch until smooth. Pour this mixture over the zucchini mixture in the skillet, stirring continuously until it thickens. Remove from heat.
  • If using a Dutch oven, keep the ready vegetables in there until the next step. If using a large skillet, transfer the vegetables to a 9″x 12″ casserole dish.
  • Preparing the Mashed Potatoes:
  • Peel the medium-sized potatoes and cut them into chunks.
  • Place the potato chunks in a large pot and cover them with water.
  • Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes until they are fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.
  • Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or use a potato ricer.
  • Add the butter and milk to the pot with the mashed potatoes and mix with a wooden spoon.
  • Add the salt and add more milk if needed to achieve your desired consistency, mix until all smooth and combined.
  • Assembling the Zucchini Shepherd’s Pie-ish:
  • If using a Dutch oven, keep the ready vegetables in there until the next step. If using a large skillet, transfer the vegetables to a 9″x 12″ casserole dish.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Carefully layer the creamy mashed potatoes over the zucchini mixture, spreading them out to cover the entire surface.
  • Optionally, you can create a decorative pattern on the mashed potatoes with a fork.
  • Optional as well, you can sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of the mashed potatoes.
  • Place the Dutch oven or baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top of the mashed potatoes is lightly golden.
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

6 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories350
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 18g 28%
    • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Total Carbohydrate 45g 15%
    • Dietary Fiber 7g 29%
    • Sugars 5g
  • Protein 7g 15%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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