Not-So-Traditional Shepard’s Pie

Not So Traditional Shepards Pie - Paleo

Anyone who knows me knows I love to tweak recipes almost from the get go.

I tweak things for lots of reasons: dietary restrictions, nutrition, and most importantly – taste!

Here is a perfect example of this tendency. It was a recipe I adapted from Gluten Free Goddess. I was unsure how it would go over with the ever picky family troop (I only added yellow potatoes to the recipe b/c my husband and oldest are averse to sweet potatoes), but it was delicious!

The texture and flavors marry perfectly…even though the ingredients by themselves don’t draw me in, the sum of all the parts is really delicious.  Perfect for a cold winter’s day!  Enjoy!

Not-So-Traditional Shepard’s Pie
 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Ingredients
  • For the topping:
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (I like Garnet or Jewell varieties), peeled and diced
  • Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 T ghee, butter or Earth Balance Buttery Spread
  • ½ cup Daiya Cheese, or grated sharp cheddar if you can have it
  • Optional: 1 or 2 yellow or russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • For the filling:
  • 1 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 T rice flour (or any flour, this is just for thickening. Coconut flour or arrowroot would work for grain-free)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (or more taste)
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • 2 T ketchup (optional)
  • 1 can cut green beans, or peas (could also use frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the sweet potatoes in a pot of fresh salted water and bring to a boil. Cook until under fork tender and mashable. Remove and do the same with the yellow potatoes if you are using them.
  3. Meanwhile…saute the ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat until lightly browned; pour off the fat; return the skillet to the stove. Stir in rice flour. Stir in the ketchup, broth, herbs, and vinegar. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer to thicken.
  4. Drain the cooked sweet potatoes and place in a food processor…this is a little trick to make the sweet potatoes have an extra creamy mouth-feel with out lots of fat…it gives you the feeling like you are having a really rich cheesy topping! Mix in cheese and allowed butter and process for a minute or two until silky smooth (or mash it all together by hand if you want to forgo this step).
  5. Season with sea salt, ground pepper. Add a couple of tablespoons of any milk only if necessary to achieve desired texture.
  6. Mash the yellow potatoes with a little butter and milk. Unlike sweet potatoes, you can not process these or you will have some very gummy mash on your hands!
  7. Layer the beef and veggie mixture in a casserole or baking dish.
  8. Top with the mashed sweet potatoes, then the yellow (if using).
  9. Bake in the center of a preheated oven until bubbling and hot- about 25 minutes.

Not So Traditional Shepards Pie - Paleo

This recipe was shared on Monday ManiaPennywise Platter, Gluten Free Wednesdays Traditional Tuesdays

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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One comment on “Not-So-Traditional Shepard’s Pie
  1. Kirsten says:

    I was initially skeptical to try this one out b/c I’m not a huge shepard’s pie fan…BUT… I should’ve know better because it’s awesome! The ulitmate in comfort food. I loved using both potatoes and used a mixture of frozen vegies instead of one. Sooo good Tess!!! Thank you for another keeper. :
    Signed,
    Your biggest fan :)

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