Gluten Free Shepherd’s Pie Ramekins

Gluten Free Shepherd’s Pie Ramekins

Individual serving ramekins take this ordinary comfort food to dinner party status!  The presentation will wow your guests, while still keeping it fun and casual!  I love using the ramekins for portion control, and one serving was plenty filling!

Most of the ingredients are straight from the pantry, like ground beef, frozen mixed veggies, and instant mashed potatoes!  Yes, I cheated and used these instant mashed potatoes from Idahoan, I always keep them on hand.  (Check out how I use them in my meatballs and meatloaf!)

4 Servings

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  • 12 oz. lean ground beef
  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet onion
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • fresh ground pepper
  • seasoned salt
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup gluten free instant mashed potato flakes
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • paprika
  • fresh chives for garnish
The Lazy Gastronome


Heat a braising pan or deep skillet with olive oil.  Brown the beef, breaking it up with a spatula.  Season with fresh ground pepper and seasoned salt.

Add the garlic and onion.  Continue cooking several minutes then add the mixed vegetables, and thyme.

Clear a spot in the center of the pan and add the tomato paste.  Let it toast for a minute then stir into the meat and veggies.  Stir in the broth and Worcestershire sauce, then bring to a boil.

Turn the heat down to a low simmer and cook for 30 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Stir every 5 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375º.  In a small sauce pot, prepare the instant mashed potatoes according to package directions.

Spray the ramekins with cooking spray and arrange them on a baking sheet (this will make it easy to transfer in and out of the oven).  Spoon the filling into the ramekins, leaving room for the mashed potatoes.

Spread mashed potatoes over the top and use a fork to smooth it out.  Top with grated cheese and sprinkle with paprika.   Bake for 15 minutes, then finish under the broiler on low for 2 more minutes.

Garnish with fresh chives and serve.

I hope you were inspired to try these Shepherd’s Pie Ramekins!  For another twist on this traditional comfort food, check out my Shepherd’s Pie with Rutabaga, it’s a long-time family favorite!

Notes ♪♫ Most of the ingredients in this recipe are naturally gluten free.  Always check labels on condiments, broth and seasoning.  Lea and Perrins Worcestershire sauce is gluten free in the US but not in Canada (make sure yours is made with distilled white vinegar, not malt vinegar).

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