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Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

Primal Shepherd's Pie
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I wasn’t sure if I should name this recipe Paleo Shepherd’s Pie  or Cottage Pie. There is little difference between these two, except in the meat that is used. Cottage pie is made with ground beef while shepherd’s pie is made with lamb. I like to use both meats in it, but you can use just beef or just lamb.

The term “cottage” was used to refer to a modest house for rural workers. At the time when this dish became popular, the British started using potatoes as an affordable food for the poor. My version of a Paleo Shepherd’s pie is meant for kings and peasants. I removed starchy potatoes and replaced them with cauliflower, making this dish lower in carbohydrates and calories.

It’s labor day weekend and we are still  jet-lagged. However,  my refrigerator is fully stocked, I am all unpacked, laundry is almost done, and I am loving being back in my kitchen.  This Paleo shepherd’s pie is only the beginning of my weekend cooking affair.  I came back with a lot of recipe ideas.  Also, I have a few recipe request from friends. Among them are dishes with figs, zucchini baked goods, and turmeric dishes. Where do I start? Next in the Edible Harmony pipeline: an apple-fig crumble. Stay tuned!

For the filling:

1 lb of ground grass-fed beef
1 lb of ground lamb or more ground beef
5 thick slices of nitrate free bacon, sliced
1 tbsp of oil of preference
4 cups of diced vegetables (carrots, celery, zucchini, mushroom)
1 diced onion
1 tsp of ground black pepper
1 tsp of dried thyme leaves
1 tbsp of smoked paprika
1 tbsp of arrowroot powder (dissolved in the broth)
3/4 cup of broth
3/4 cup of red wine or more broth
Salt to taste

For the top:

2 cauliflower heads, steamed until very soft
2 tbsp of olive oil, butter or bacon fat
Salt to taste
1 tsp of garlic powder

Preparation:

  • In a large saucepan brown the onion until tender with the oil and bacon.
  • Add the meat and vegetables. Continue to cook until the meat is done.
  • Mix in the rest of the ingredients and cook uncovered over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally for about 20 minutes or until most of the broth has evaporated.
  • Transfer meat filling to a 10 x 15 baking dish and using a large spoon flatten out to form an even layer.
  • Using a blender, food processor, or electric mixer puree all the ingredients for the top layer and spread evenly over the meat.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with black pepper and parsley flakes. Let stand 5 minutes and serve.

 

Works great as a make-ahead recipe.
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Paleo Shepherd’s Pie
Author: Edible Harmony
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • For the filling:
  • 1 lb of ground grass-fed beef
  • 1 lb of ground lamb or more ground beef
  • 5 thick slices of nitrate free bacon, sliced
  • 1 tbsp of oil of preference
  • 4 cups of diced vegetables (carrots, celery, zucchini, mushroom)
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 tsp of ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp of arrowroot powder (dissolved in the broth)
  • 3/4 cup of broth
  • 3/4 cup of red wine or more broth
  • Salt to taste
  • For the top:
  • 2 cauliflower heads, steamed until very soft
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil, butter or bacon fat
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan brown the onion until tender with the oil and bacon.
  2. Add the meat and vegetables. Continue to cook until the meat is done.
  3. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and cook uncovered over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally for about 20 minutes or until most of the broth has evaporated.
  4. Transfer meat filling to a 10 x 15 baking dish and using a large spoon flatten out to form an even layer.
  5. Using a blender, food processor, or electric mixer puree all the ingredients for the top layer and spread evenly over the meat.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with black pepper and parsley flakes. Let stand 5 minutes and serve.

 

10 thoughts on “Paleo Shepherd’s Pie

  1. Have you ever frozen your sheperd’s pie with the cauliflower. I love to make a big batch and freeze some for later. but, I usually use potatoes and would like to try the cauliflower.

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  2. I would like to know if you have a recipe for Salmon Patties and Tostadas. What would replace the cracker crumbs, and the cornmeal. Can a corn tortilla be made out of almond flour and if so how would you do it. Also do you have any recipes on Egg Plant?

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