Growing up, we ate a lot of casserole style dishes because ingredients were cheap, didn’t need to be fresh, and we had leftovers for days. Shepherd’s Pie was our family favorite. My Mom’s recipe went through quite a few iterations as she was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue and we tried to find healthier options for family meals.
Inspired by my Mom’s original recipe and @indykiewicz recent creation, I’ve removed other allergens (soy and tomatoes) and put my own spin on this traditionally English dish.
1 lb lamb or group meat of choice
1 white onion, chopped
1 T garlic, minced
1 T ghee or butter
¼ C red wine
3 T Worcestershire sauce
2 T almond or other gluten free flour
¼ C collagen
4 C veggies, chopped 🥕
½ t paprika
1 T thyme
1 T harissa
2 bay leaves
4 C cauliflower mashed 🧄
½ C shredded cheese 🧀
Salt and pepper, to taste
🥕 I used a frozen 12 oz bag of cut green beans and 3 large fresh carrots because that’s what I had on hand. But most veggies, fresh or frozen, will work.
🧄 Use your favorite cauliflower mashed recipe of sub for mashed potatoes
🧀 I used gouda because I had it on hand and it melts well, but any cheese will work
Preheat oven to 350. Sautee garlic and onions on medium heat in ghee for 3 minutes or until onions begin to soften. Brown meat 5-10 minutes (shouldn’t be cooked through yet). Add wine and Worcestershire sauce and scrape any browned bits from bottom of pan. Sprinkle flour and collagen and stir to dissolve. Add veggies, bay leaves, salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, and harissa. Stir to combine, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until veggies are cooked through.
Remove bay leaves. Put beef and veggie mixture in greased glass dish and top with mashed cauliflower. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Remove, add shredded cheese, and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Cooking is done when small air bubbles start to creep up the sides of the dish. Turn oven to broil and broil for 1-2 minutes or until cheese browns.
As a kid, when we were feeling fancy, we’d eat it with A1 steak sauce. I don’t do that anymore, but you do you.
Anyone call it cottage pie? 🧐