Pork Pie, Instant Pot; no more brambles

Shepherd’s Pie – but made with pork in the Instant Pot and it bears no resemblance to a pie.

That seems like a rather long (but descriptive) name.

In the age of the internet and search engines, cute names for food no longer work.

I dread to think of some of the possible results of a search for Spotted Dick – unless one clarifies that it’s an English pudding / dessert.

Or Toad in the Hole or Angels on Horseback or Ambrosia. None of those names give a clue as to what the actual food is…. If it’s food.

On to the Pork Pie…

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Pork Pie, Instant Pot

This is similar to a Cottage Pie I made earlier. There are just a few changes – other than switching the beef for pork.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Instant Pot


  • 10oz (300gr) pork, cut into 1″ (2.5cm) cubes (I used boneless chops)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4oz (120gr) pumpkin, cubed
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, no sauce
  • 3/4 cup (6oz, 180ml) chicken broth
  • 2 medium potatoes, shredded (10oz, 300gr total weight)
  • 1 tbs creamy horseradish
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tbs instant tapioca


  • Set the Instant Pot to Sauté for 6 minutes.
  • Add olive oil, onion, pumpkin, celery, pepper, and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the garlic, pork, and sauté 3 minutes longer.
  • Add broth, horseradish, marjoram, tapioca, and stir well, scraping up any browned bits.
  • Stir in peas.
  • Top with the shredded potatoes.
  • Secure cover, set Instant Pot to High Pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Natural release for 10 minutes then quick release.
  • Spoon into a large bowl and serve


I used Hokaido squash / pumpkin, but any winter squash or pumpkin would work. Butternut squash would be good.
The instant tapioca is optional – it just thickens the ‘gravy’ a bit more.
Shred potatoes using large holes on box grater. No need to peel.
The time includes coming up to pressure and releasing so it’s 30 minutes hands-off after you secure the lid.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 584
  • Sugar: 14.1 g
  • Sodium: 2253.7 mg
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.8 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 63.2 g
  • Fiber: 8.8 g
  • Protein: 43.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 95.3 mg

Keywords: pork, potatoes, instant pot

Pork Pie, Instant Pot

You may remember this photo – the surprise daffodils. I had started cleaning out the brambles last fall but quit when the rains started.

This spring – daffodils.

I had planned on getting back out on a sunny day, with my gloves and cutters, and finishing the job.

But mon mari was out playing with the strimmer the other day…. Spring fever and all.

Looks nice, doesn’t it?

He was out playing with his flame-thrower today, trying to get the small bits.

I do like to let him have some fun.

Maybe we can keep it this way…..

And plant more daffodils!

4 thoughts on “Pork Pie, Instant Pot; no more brambles”

    • He did! Now to keep all the little blighters from sprouting again. From experience I know it takes about 5 years before they give up.

  1. I love to see a nice clean area with all the unwanted weeds and things like brambles gone. When we moved here, I worked for almost two years after and there was just no time to clean anything. Everything took over and by the time I had the time to start working in the yard, it took another two years to clean everything out but it was so satisfying when I was done. You both must feel like that looking at this area. I think it would be stunning filled with daffodils!

    I might have to try this recipe. It looks delicious and I really am trying to do more with my InstantPot. I bought the non-stick liner for it to try some of the messier things or things that have cheese and it’s a bit easier to clean which makes it nice. We like pork and so far, it’s still affordable though it is going up.

    • There’s a nonstick liner??? Must check on that.
      This house was empty for over 2 years and not really cared for before that. It took us 3 or 4 years to get it all cleaned up… and there are still spots (like that one) that get neglected for a year or 2 and then need major work again.
      This is the second Shepherd’s Pie thing I’ve made and we’ve been happy with both.

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