Shepherd's pie using cauliflower mash in lieu of potatoes. Make the filling early in the day and refrigerate it so that all the spices soak into the beef.

Lora

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
39 mins
total:
1 hr 4 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 bowls
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add carrots and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until onion is translucent and carrots begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

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  • Stir peas, garlic, curry powder, garlic powder, turmeric, paprika, oregano, and cumin into the pot; cook until combined, about 2 minutes. Add extra coconut oil as needed. Stir in ground beef; cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir until fully incorporated, about 2 minutes.

  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Combine drained cauliflower, butter, and cream cheese in a large bowl. Mash with an immersion blender until smooth.

  • Spread beef mixture evenly in a large casserole dish. Cover with mashed cauliflower. Brush beaten egg lightly on top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until hot, about 10 minutes. Turn on oven broiler; cook until top is browned in places, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

I used grass-fed ground beef.

Substitute ghee for the butter if desired.

Substitute your favorite oil for the coconut oil if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

308 calories; protein 18.9g 38% DV; carbohydrates 13.2g 4% DV; fat 20.3g 31% DV; cholesterol 87mg 29% DV; sodium 188.8mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2017
Turned out great! Made it true to the recipe (except I did half ground turkey, half beef) only thing I would do differently is brown the beef ahead in order to drain out the grease. I made the meat mixture early in the day in order to let the spices soak in. Whole family loved it (including the hubby who dislikes cauliflower). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/26/2019
Haven’t made it, but discouraged because it calls for cream cheese. For those who are new to paleo, cream cheese, or dairy for that matter, is NOT paleo. Not sure of it’s purpose in this recipe, but if I ever get the courage to try this I’ll share what substitution works best. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2017
Turned out great! Made it true to the recipe (except I did half ground turkey, half beef) only thing I would do differently is brown the beef ahead in order to drain out the grease. I made the meat mixture early in the day in order to let the spices soak in. Whole family loved it (including the hubby who dislikes cauliflower). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2017
Definitely, 5 stars for flavor and eye appeal. This was delicious, and so satisfying to a casserole lover, like me! Casseroles don't usually make the cut for Paleo followers, or Whole30 folks. I have to say, I was very happy to find this recipe! I did change it up a bit, but not much! Here's what I did: I used the ingredients for the meat mix, exactly as stated, and I started early in the day, before work. I did change the method a bit, and I’m glad I did, because there was no way I could have managed all the ingredients in my 12” skillet. I started the cauliflower in the steamer, and then I started browning the ground beef, adding all the spices and seasonings to the browned meat, then set the skillet aside, once it was done. When the cauliflower was done, I put it in a strainer. Then, I sautéed all the vegetables in the cauliflower pot. When they were soft, I was able to combine them with the meat and stir in the tomato paste. I put the meat mixture in a prepared casserole, covered it and refrigerated, until dinner. For the cauli mash, since I am avoiding cheese, I opted to omit the cream cheese. I used ghee, and about ½ c. chicken broth to the mash so it would blend for me. I refrigerated this in a separate dish. When it was time to prepare dinner, I placed the meat mixture in the oven as it pre-heated, and let it cook through. Then, I stirred about ½ the beaten egg into the cauli mash to bind it a little, and brushed egg on top, as directed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2018
I made it lower in carbs by substituting the peas and carrots with a bag of kale spinach broccoli stalk and cabbage which I added once the beef was browned increased the tomato paste to 1/4 cup to hydrate these additions and used sour cream instead of cream cheese for ease of blending. Love the spices in this dish. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/03/2017
I made it (minus the peas and cream cheese - not paleo) and it was good. I have yet to get my cauliflower mash to be a good substitute for potatoes but otherwise the recipe was a good way to spice up some ground beef. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2017
This is a WOW dish! I was looking for something that resembled our old shepherds pie that I used to make but without the potatoes (since we are low carb). My husband and I didn't expect this recipe to blow our old one out of the water! Don't skip the egg topping because it really gives the cauliflower amazing texture! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2018
I use half as much onion as the recipe calls for added extra carrots and omitted the peas. Also I added a little bit of old cheddar chees on top. The family loved it and I will be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2018
I made this with ground turkey Parmesan cheese since I didn't have cream cheese and I used a lot more veggies than called for: Brussels sprouts green beans zucchini and mushrooms. I otherwise made it exactly as written and it was delicious! My husband said it was restaurant quality. The herbs and spices give it a wonderful savory flavor not particularly curry-like though it calls for curry spices. Preparation is more elaborate than usual but you can take a break from cooking while you enjoy the leftovers so it kind of equalizes. I'll definitely make this again. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2018
Actually fixed this for dinner tonight. Cut the recipe in half because we were just 3 people. Didn't make any changes to the recipe except that I mashed the cauliflower in my food processor which yielded a very smooth consistency. We all loved it and I will definitely make this again. Just wonderful! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2018
The only downside is that you have to use about every pan and utensil to make it. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
05/26/2019
Haven’t made it, but discouraged because it calls for cream cheese. For those who are new to paleo, cream cheese, or dairy for that matter, is NOT paleo. Not sure of it’s purpose in this recipe, but if I ever get the courage to try this I’ll share what substitution works best. Read More
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