Whole30 compliant Not-So Shepherd’s Pie from the Whole Smiths. Great for leftovers and easy for any home cook to make!
Hey, hey! Here I am, September 5th (Happy Birthday Dad!) 2017 updating this oldie but goodie post. In the original version I spoke about ground-beef being on sale at Whole Foods that week. Well guess what? As you may know, now that Amazon has purchased Whole Foods and promised lower prices, they’ve slashed permanently on so many items, like grass-fed ground beef. How cool is that?
And you guys. THIS is the perfect recipe to celebrate that. So onwards with my old post…
Yay! Ground beef is on sale at my local Whole Foods. I wanted to come up with something unique for them and not just throw out some version of a burger for ya. Although, had I done that I would have made sure it was one killer burger, because no one like a crappy burger. Anyways. I decided to give Shepherd’s Pie a go. I have to confess, I’ve never actually made a Shepherd’s Pie before and have never actually even eaten one before. I know, I know! What business do I have saying this is any good if I have nothing to compare it to right? Well, it tasted delicious AND I have a real Brit to vouch for it… Did you lose all faith in me with that?
Let it be know however, that I am keenly aware that this is technically a Cottage Pie since it’s made with ground beef and not lamb. Hence the “not-s0”. But most people don’t know that and will search for a Shepherd’s Pie instead.
I do however have a real-life Brit vouching for it. My husband was running late for work the day I was making this and didn’t have time to pack a proper lunch, so I promised when this was done I’d drive some over to him. He’s also currently training a colleague of his so I offered to bring some to him as well. And guess what?! He’s from England! Perfect, he would be my judge. I was a little nervous because this is NOT your traditional English version. In order to make it paleo I swapped out the corn and peas for mushrooms and asparagus and used ghee and coconut milk (you can use almond milk as well) to make the mashed potatoes. So fingers crossed. I texted my husband later in the night and the version was… It was delicious! Whew. I thought so too but I wanted to make sure it was close enough to the real thing. He also told my husband that his mother used to add all sorts of vegetables too so I felt better knowing I didn’t break some ancient Shepherd’s Pie code of conduct.
It’s an easy dish to make, I swear. It seems like a million steps but they’re all simple quick ones. Like sauté mushrooms, top with mashed potatoes. Presto!
not-so shepherd's pie
- 2 lbs. russet potatoes peeled and cubed
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1/3 C. almond or coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp. ghee or butter + addition to sauté with
- 1 lb. mushrooms such as baby bellas sliced
- 1 cup diced onion
- 3 carrots chopped
- 1/2 lb. asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces
- 3 cloves of garlic chopped
- 2.5 Tbsp. arrowroot powder or tapioca flour
- 1.5 C. beef broth
- 1 small can of tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp. horseradish
- 3 sprigs of thyme finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 400*
- Add russet potatoes to large stock pot and fill with water until just covering the potatoes and bring to a boil
- Once potatoes come to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until tender to a fork
- Thoroughly drain potatoes and return to warm pot
- Heat potatoes on low for 1-2 minutes to remove any additional moisture
- Meanwhile heat almond or coconut milk with ghee or butter until melted
- Add melted ghee / butter / milk mixture into potatoes and stir thoroughly until incorporated and salt to taste
- Heat a large skillet to medium high heat and add 1 tsp or ghee or butter
- Once heated add sliced mushrooms and sauté until cooked and moisture has cooked off, salt to taste
- Remove mushrooms from skillet and add asparagus pieces and thyme and sauté until lightly tender
- Meanwhile in a large dutch oven add heat 1 Tbsp of ghee or butter on medium high
- Add chopped carrots and onions until translucent
- Add garlic and cook for additional 2 minutes
- Push ingredients to side of dutch oven and add ground beef
- Brown ground beef and cook thoroughly
- Once browed, add arrowroot flour and combine
- Add beef stock and stir all ingredients thoroughly
- Add tomato paste and horseradish and incorporate
- Cook on medium until sauce thickens about 10 minutes and add asparagus in
- In a separate baking dish add beef and vegetable mixture
- Layer mushrooms on top
- Spoon mashed potatoes over top and spread evenly and all along the edges
- Bake for 20 minutes