Shepherd’s Pie with Kielbasa is a quick and hearty meal. Often with shepherd’s pie, the meat is browned ahead of time along with the vegetables. Not this one.
The kielbasa is pre-cooked, and I skipped the vegetables in this version. I opted for a layer of creamy cheese to compliment the sauerkraut.
Smooth out the mashed potatoes and bake for 45 minutes or until hot the potatoes are beginning to brown. If you would like the potatoes a bit more browned, leave in for a bit longer.
Mashed Potato Options for this Casserole
- Add potatoes to pot with water: Place potatoes in a medium pot or large saucepan. Cover with water by 1-inch and season water with salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook potatoes until tender; when pierced with a fork, about 10 – 15 minutes. Drain in a colander.
- Add liquid ingredients: butter and milk or half and half. Mash until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
I have made this with my homemade mashed potatoes. However, if you prefer to reduce the amount of potatoes in this recipe, you can swap out the some of the mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower. I find a mixture of 50/50 works very well. Just boil or steam the cauliflower until tender and mash. Mix this into the mashed potato mixture before adding on top.
No time to make your own mashed potatoes? No worries. I have used the store-bought mashed potatoes with good success. If you do use the pre-made version, make sure to follow the package directions and make them before adding the mashed potatoes to this recipe.
Shepherd’s Pie with Kielbasa Recipe
There are just five layers to this delicious and hearty pie. This is one of those comfort foods that is so quick to make and perfect for warming you up on a cold day.
The first layer is the kielbasa. I cut the rings into bite-sized pieces. Next is the Swiss cheese and Muenster cheese. I just love the combination of the kielbasa with this cheese. You can use sliced or shredded. Today, I layered on the sliced cheese.
Next is the Sauerkraut. Just make sure to drain before adding or the casserole will become too watery.
Lastly, top this off with the mashed potatoes. I prefer my homemade mashed potatoes. It is a great way to use any leftovers from a previous meal.
Bake this casserole and in no time, you will be enjoying a delicious comforting meal for the whole family.
How long do leftovers keep?
Kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator, leftovers will keep 3 to 5 days. Large portions can be reheated in a 350° Fahrenheit oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until warm.
Shepherd’s Pie with Kielbasa
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- 32 oz. Kielbasa 2 16-ounce rings can also use ring bologna too
- 8 Slices Swiss Cheese
- 16 Oz. Sauerkraut
- 8 Slices Muenster Cheese
- 6 Cups Mashed Potatoes
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice up the Polish Kielbasa into about 1/2 – 1″ pieces.
- Spread over bottom of kettle or cake pan. Add the Swiss Cheese slices on top of the Kielbasa.
- Drain the sauerkraut in a colander. Layer over the top of the Swiss Cheese.
- Layer the Muenster Cheese on top of the sauerkraut.
- Layer on the mashed potatoes.
- Smooth out the mashed potatoes and bake for 45 minutes or until hot the potatoes are beginning to brown. If you would like the potatoes a bit more browned, leave in for a bit longer.