Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is a traditional English dish. In Britain it is generally made with lamb or mutton; in this recipe I have made a simple ground beef shepherd’s pie and added bacon for extra flavor.

Shepard’s pie is often referred to as “cottage pie,” by the English; it is a casserole made of cooked meat and vegetables that is then topped with mashed potatoes and baked. I have made this dish into a Paleo casserole by using Mashed Cauliflower for the topping. This reduces the glycemic index of the dish and increases the nutritional content, since cauliflower is a super food.

I based my recipe for ground beef Shepherd’s Pie, on this Shepherd’s Pie recipe from functionalfoodie.com. As you can see, I made some adjustments. First, I eliminated the tomato sauce, as research from Dr. Loren Cordain points to the possibility that tomatoes contain immune disrupting lectins (I have therefore eliminated them from my diet as I have MS). I also did not use coconut milk in the mashed cauliflower topping, and skipped the Worcester sauce (since I’m too lazy to read ingredients and prefer to use the simple spices in my spice rack).

I hope you enjoy this gluten free comfort food as much as I have!

Paleo Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients
Serves:
8
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Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a very large frying pan
  2. Sauté onion for 15 minutes until soft
  3. Add bacon pieces to pan and sauté until cooked, about 10 minutes
  4. Add carrots and celery to pan and sauté in bacon fat for 10 minutes until soft
  5. Add ground beef to pan and sauté until brown, just a few minutes
  6. Season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika
  7. Add chicken broth and cook down broth until 60% evaporated
  8. Place cauliflower in food processor and puree with olive oil until smooth
  9. Pour ground beef mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish
  10. Pour mashed cauliflower over beef mixture
  11. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes
  12. Serve
It's a wonderful comfort food for chilly nights.

I found that in my fridge this Shepard’s Pie kept for close to a week. I ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What is your favorite gluten free comfort food?

Comments

225 responses to “Paleo Shepherd’s Pie”

  1. This recipe looks yum. Traditionally though in the UK Shepherds pie is made with lamb, hence the name, and cottage pie is a completely different dish madewth beef. Both are yum though but have completely different tastes.

  2. I made this for dinner for my family tonight. It was a hit. My husband said it’s the best shepherd’s pie he’s ever had. Such a blessing to find a great recipe that fits my dietary restrictions (specific carbohydrate diet).

    • Rena, thanks for letting me know this was a hit and that your husband said it’s the best shepherd’s pie he’s ever had :-)

  3. Im so appreciate of this recipe. I’ve made it many, many times. It’s a wonderful comfort food dish for chilly nights, and a great way to get my toddler to eat her veggies. Thank you!

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  5. I just made this tonight, with a couple of small changes, and it was absolutely DELICIOUS! (I skipped cooking the onion in oil and instead cooked uncured Natural Directions pork bacon, straining some of it, then setting it aside. I then cooked the onion and veggies in the bacon grease and proceeded with the recipe. I also substituted ground turkey for the beef.) I can’t believe how delicious it was! My husband also liked it and did not know the cauliflower wasn’t potatoes.
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. :-)

  6. This is my go-to comfort food when I’m feeling cranky and in need of some quick cheer. Page 71 of your cookbook is so dog-eared, it opens to the page just by being picked up:) I just love this!

  7. In Argentina this is also a traditional dish, we call it Pastel de Papas (potatoe pie) one of my favorites dishes!!!! I will make this version this weekend!!!!

  8. ‘Shepherd’s Pie is a traditional English dish. In Britain it is generally made with lamb or mutton; in this recipe I have made a simple ground beef shepherd’s pie and added bacon for extra flavor.

    Shepard’s pie is often referred to as “cottage pie,” by the English; it is a casserole made of cooked meat and vegetables that is then topped with mashed potatoes and baked.’

    As an English person I have to clear up the information you have supplied above. Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb mince and Cottage Pie is made with beef mince. Shepherds look after sheep and the only reason I can explain for why the beef version is called Cottage Pie is that farmers generally lived in cottages!

    I also make a lovely version with turkey mince topped with sweet potato mash and in our house we call this Gobble Pie as turkeys make a noise that sounds like ‘gobble gobble’!!

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