Sweet Potato Porky Pie – A Classic Recipe With a Twist!

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Jolene Cox

March 1, 2019

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I used to look after a kid who would eat cottage pie every day if I’d make it. So I invented this Sweet Potato Porky Pie recipe just for him – it’s a classic with a twist!

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Ok, I know you shouldn’t go messing with the classics, but this is just as tasty and makes a great change! It tastes a little lighter than cottage pie, so it’s a great summer dish if you’re craving a bit of comfort.

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My Recipe for Sweet Potato Porky Pie

Jolene Cox Sweet potato porky pie recipe - Mykidstime

Serves 6


  • 500g pork mince
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A little fresh sage, chopped (or 1 tbsp of dried sage)
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 chicken stock cubes in half a pint of hot water
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • Salt and pepper to season

For the mash:

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 4 Maris Piper potatoes
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 100g vintage Cheddar cheese, grated


  1. You will need a deep, ovenproof dish, a large saucepan with a lid, and a large pan.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
  3. Peel and chop the potatoes and boil in a large saucepan with a lid for around 25 minutes until potatoes are soft.
  4. Crush the garlic, peel and chop the onion and carrots.
  5. Put a large pan on a medium heat with a little oil, brown the onion, carrot and garlic for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the pork mince and fry until the mince is cooked, breaking it up as you cook it. Drain off any excess fat.
  7. Sprinkle in your fresh (or dried) herbs and pour in the chicken stock.
  8. Simmer over a low heat for around 15 minutes, then season with salt and pepper.
  9. Next, make up the cornflour paste by adding 2 tsp of cornflour to a tiny drop of cold water in a cup. Stir into the mince until the gravy has thickened.
  10. When the potatoes are cooked, mash them really well, adding in the butter as you go.
  11. Stir in the milk and give them a final mash.
  12. Transfer the pork mince to the ovenproof dish and top with the mash.
  13. And finally, sprinkle the grated cheese on top with a sprinkle of salt and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until the top is golden.

One Yummy Mummy: Family Food Made Easy by Jolene Cox is published by Orpen Press, priced €20 and available now from all good bookshops and online at www.orpenpress.com

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Published On: March 1st, 2019 / Categories: Food and Recipes / Last Updated: July 6th, 2019 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Jolene Cox

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Jolene Cox is the author of One Yummy Mummy: Family Food Made Easy (Orpen Press). She is passionate about encouraging families to cook at home and getting kids into the kitchen from a young age.

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