Shepherd’s Pie

Cold, rainy weather continues here, and we are down to our last few sticks of seasoned firewood! In all the years we have lived here, I don’t think we have ever used the wood stove this late in the season. We’re still very much in warm socks, flannel and comfort food mode ….

Here’s what’s cooking at the cabin this week: One of our perennial favorites, re-imagined for our low-carb lifestyle!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs cauliflower, washed and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3 Tbs butter (or avocado oil)
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 1 small stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 Tbs tomato paste (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup chicken bone broth
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • ½ cup frozen green peas (optional)
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F
  2. Microwave cauliflower in a covered dish with a little water until tender (or steam in water on stove top for about 10 minutes).
  3. Drain water, add butter/oil and whip/mash using immersion blender.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste, and set aside.
  5. Cook the meat, onions, carrotts & celery in a cast iron skillet (or ovenproof pan), over medium heat until meat is done and vegetables are tender – about 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in the tomato paste and garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add the bone broth, Worcestershire sauce, and herbs and simmer for 5 minutes more.
  8. Turn off the heat and toss in the peas (if using), stirring to distribute them throughout.
  9. Add the mashed cauliflower to the top of the skillet.
  10. Sprinkle paprika lightly over top.
  11. At this point, you can store the casserole in the fridge for up to 2 days or bake it immediately.
  12. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the faux-tato (cauliflower mash) is browned a bit.
  13. Remove from oven and let it sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy! this dish can be assembled and refrigerated for up to 2 days before baking.

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Please also note: I am not a doctor or nutritionist. While this low carb diet experiment has worked well for me so far, your mileage may vary. This diet needs to be balanced correctly, in order to avoid potential side effects. It is always a good idea to discuss any major health decisions with your doctor before getting started.

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