Shepherd’s Pie Double Baked Potato

Published on Feb 20, 2023

  by   Kristina Stosek

12 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 75 minutes Serves: 8 potatoes
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This Shepherd’s Pie Double Baked Potato recipe is by far the best! The potato skin is filled with saucy meat and vegetable filling packed with exceptional flavor and topped with the fluffiest creamy potatoes.

This Shepherd’s Pie served in a baked potato is a guest worthy dish.

shepherd’s pie double baked potato halved with a fork

What is a double baked potato?

A double baked potato, also known as a twice-baked potato, is a type of potato dish typically made by baking a potato in an oven, then scooping out the interior of the cooked potato. 

The potato flesh can be mixed with various ingredients before returning it to the potato’s skin and baking it again. 

double baked potatoes on a platter

The Shepherd’s pie double baked potato version?

A Shepherd’s Pie Double Baked Potato is a twice-baked potato filled with a savory mixture of ground beef or lamb, onions, carrots, and peas cooked in a thick, rich sauce topped with a creamy mashed potato and baked until bubbling and golden brown.

4 russet potatoes

FAQs about a baked potato

Best potato for double baked potatoes: The ideal potato for baking is low in moisture with high starch content. This will allow a potato to bake up with a delightfully fluffy center and crispy skin. This is why russet potatoes are perfect for baking and the most commonly used.

Best temperature for baking a whole potato: The best temperature for baking a russet potato is 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure the potato is cooked evenly and has a crispy skin. 

Should you pierce the potato before baking? Yes, you should. To do this, use a sharp knife, pierce each potato 2 to 3 times, and ensure the holes are evenly spaced so that the steam can escape evenly. This allows steam to escape leaving the flesh light and fluffy. And, by piercing them, you will prevent the potatoes from exploding in the oven. Yes, potatoes can sometimes explode in the oven.

Why shouldn’t you wrap the potato in foil before baking? You should not wrap potatoes in foil if you make double-baked potatoes. Foil holds in moisture and steams the potatoes, resulting in a “boiled” taste and texture, and the skin will become soggy. 

How do you know when the potato is baked? Depending on the potato size and oven temperature, check for potato doneness using a toothpick between 45 – 60 minutes into baking. The potato is done when the toothpick inserts easily in the middle of the potato. When the potato skin starts to wrinkle, the potato is overcooked

Can you store baked potato at room temperature? That’s a big NO!Bacteria can grow on potatoes left out at room temperature for more than four hours, making them unsafe to eat. 

Is double baked potato gluten free: The potato itself is naturally gluten free, packed with nutrients and fiber. Everything else you add, be sure to use gluten free ingredients. Some flavored cheese is not gluten free.

close up of shepherd’s pie twice baked potato

Shepherd’s Pie Double Baked Potato Recipe Details

First, bake the potatoes.

cooked shepherd’s pie filling in a skillet

While the potato is baking, make the Shepherd’s pie filling. Two things to keep in mind when making the filling. Brown the meat well because this adds rich flavor. And the onions and carrots should be finely chopped. You don’t want large chunks of onions or carrots in the meat filling.

potato shell ready to be filled

Prepare the potatoes for the filling by cutting the top of the baked potato and scooping out the flesh. Leave a thin layer of potato on the skin to keep a solid shell

whipped potatoes with mix-ins

Mix the potato flesh with mix-ins and whip until creamy and fluffy

filled potato skins with meat and veggie mixture

Fill the potato skins with Shepherd’s pie mixture

filled potato skins with meat mixture and topped with seasoned mashed potatoes

Generously top the stuffed potato skins with creamy potatoes

double baked potatoes on a platter

Bake until bubbly and golden brown. Turn the broiler on for 2 – 3 minutes for golden brown topping. Careful not to burn the potatoes

Mashing potatoes with butter, sour cream and green onionsAdd-ins for mashed potatoes

Once you scoop out the flesh and while still warm, first add butter. Then you can personalize the potatoes. Here are some of our favorites:

Cheese topping: to the potato flesh, add 1 cup of good melting cheese of choice, such as cheddar, smoked gouda, mozzarella, provolone, havarti, Swiss, Monterey jack or our favorite, gorgonzola cheese. Add an additional sprinkle of cheese on top.

Buttermilk and chives: replace milk with buttermilk and add half a cup of chopped chives and extra black pepper

Bacon and cream: replace butter and milk with cream and add 1 cup of chopped crispy bacon

half a double baked potato with shepherd’s pie filling on a plate

Serving suggestions

Shepherd’s pie double baked potatoes go exceptionally well with following sides:

Healthy Beet Salad

Cabbage with Collard Greens

Green Beans with Maple Bacon & Ginger

Italian Chargrilled Peppers

Cabbage and Fennel Citrus Salad


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