Shepherd’s pie, Paleo-style

I made this Paleo-modified shepherd’s pie dish (aka cottage pie) for our Sunday lunch, and my husband remarked about how good it was. Here’s how I made it:

Ingredients (for 4)
* 1 lb (450 gr) sheep or beef minced meat
* 1 medium onion, chopped
* 2 Tbspoons chopped parsley
* 1 clove of garlic, chopped
* 1 small carrot, diced
* 3 medium roma tomatoes, skinned, diced
* 1 cup of bone broth
* 1 large-ish head of cauliflower (preferably the yellow kind)
* 1 Tbspoon of butter
* 2 Tbspoons of coconut milk
* 1 Tbspoon of coconut or olive oil
* 3-4 slices of provolone cheese (optional)
* 1/3 cup of frozen green peas (optional)
* Salt & pepper

1. Cut the cauliflower in smaller florets, wash it, and boil it for 15 minutes in hot boiling water. Strain it, set aside.
2. While the cauliflower is cooking, warm out the coconut oil in a cooking pan under medium heat, and then add the chopped onion. After the onion has browned a bit, add the minced meat, and keep stirring with a wooden spoon until the meat has started brown itself too.
3. Add the chopped parsley & garlic, diced carrot & tomatoes, salt and pepper, stir well. If you allow green peas in your diet, add them now too (some consider them Paleo, others don’t). Then add the bone broth, and continue cooking until all the liquid has evaporated. Pre-heat the oven to 400 F (200 C).
4. Put the cauliflower in a food processor, add the butter & coconut milk, and some pepper. Blend until smooth.
5. Use a 10″ diagonal, deep baking dish, and spread the minced meat mixture on it, leveling it well using the wooden spoon. Wash the wooden spoon, and use it again to evenly spread the cauliflower mash on top of the meat.
6. Spread the provolone cheese slices on top of the cauliflower (optional), and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until it has started to brown. Eat warm. Dish freezes well too.


memsom wrote on December 5th, 2011 at 2:16 AM PST:

NO!!! As a token Brit on here, I have to state that Cottage Pie and Shepherds pie are NOT the same thing!! Cottage Pie contains beef, Shepherd’s Pie contains Lamb!! You also get Fish pie, which is the same but with some kind of white fish (probably Cod.)

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Eugenia wrote on December 5th, 2011 at 2:26 AM PST:

This was already addressed in the article, I mentioned either beef or lamb meat in the ingredients, so both cases are covered. The Wikipedia article has a single page for both too.

memsom wrote on December 5th, 2011 at 6:11 AM PST:

Wikipedia has one page for Donner Kebab and Gyros too. Wikipedia is not always right. Wikipedia is pretty confused on this one.

Don in Arkansas wrote on December 5th, 2011 at 9:29 AM PST:

memson. Get a life. It is an easy, very tasty recipe — who cares what you call it? Call it memson pie if it makes you feel better. Make. Eat. Enjoy.

memsom wrote on December 8th, 2011 at 7:18 AM PST:

Don, who is memson? When insulting people, at least have the courtesy to address them correctly, yeah? I could just insult you back, but then I think you’ve already proven why it’s not worth the aggro.

E, I’m not dissing your recipe, I’m sure it’s brilliant, just like I’m sure you aren’t dissing my culture, yeah? We differentiate. Cottage Pie is non specific meat (beef), where as Shepherd’s pie is Lamb or Mutton (sheep being the source of those meats)

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