Many of us are in the mood for a savory comfort-food classic. When that’s the case, Shepherd’s Pie can be super satisfying.
This shepherd’s pie is a variation on the traditional recipe, with a mashed low carb cauliflower topping instead of potato.
It’s a family favorite at our home. I’ve made variations on this recipe with far fewer ingredients and/or simply substituting whatever I find in the fridge or fresh from the garden. Nothing, except the beef/lamb, a few colorful vegetables, seasonings and cauliflower topping is essential. I also speed chopping by using a food processor.
Ground Beef/Lamb/Turkey Mixture
- 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lb ground beef/lamb/turkey
- 1 small zucchini or other green vegetables, diced
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 large carrot
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup crushed tomatoes or 2 tbsp tomato paste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 large head cauliflower (6 cups florets, cut off most of the stems)
- 2 tbsp butter (cut into chunks)
- 2 tbsp cream cheese (cut into chunks)
- 4 cloves garlic
- Parmesan/cheddar or your favorite cheese, optional
- 3/4 tsp sea salt (to taste)
- chives or parsley (optional, for garnish)
- Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté on medium heat until soft and translucent.
- Add the ground beef or lamb and cook, stirring frequently, until it is browned and cooked through.
- Add the vegetables and tomatoes or tomato paste and stir to combine.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
- Fill a large saucepan or pot with enough salted water to come right below a steamer basket fitted over it. Bring the water to a boil.
- Place the cauliflower florets into the steamer basket and fit on top of the pan. Cover the basket with a lid.
- Reduce water to a simmer and cook, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes, until cauliflower is very soft.
- Place the cauliflower into a food processor together with all other ingredients, except chives/parsley.
- Blend until the cauliflower is smooth and resembles the texture of mashed potatoes. Alternatively, mash with a masher until it looks like mashed potatoes.
- Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with parsley/chives and a sprinkling of cheese if desired. You can also drizzle some melted butter on top if you’d like.
- Place the ground beef mixture in the bottom of a large casserole dish or several small ramekins. Top with the mashed cauliflower.
- Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes and until the filling is bubbly and the topping is browned.
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