I have been doing a lot of cooking lately, and while some days it's a little daunting to get 3 home cooked meals on the table a day, I enjoy it most of the time. Since we have stopped eating white potatoes I kind of crossed shepherd's pie off our dinner menu. Last week I got a little creative and the results were so awesome I thought I'd share not just with my readers, but also with those who read my hubby's blog. I'll give you the recipe the way I made it, but I'll give some other ideas to change it up a bit. This is a versatile and yummy dish that I think we'll be eating often. I apologize that I did not take a picture, but we are having it again this week and I will add one!
Mumma's Cottage Pie
Makes 6 servings (approx.)
1 Pound ground grass fed beef
1 Large onion (diced)
1 Tablespoon coconut oil (just enough to lube up the pan)
1 Tomato chopped
Salt, Pepper, Garlic powder (season as you like it)
Coconut oil spray
1/2 Head of cauliflower
2 Sweet potatoes cut into cubes
1-2 Tablespoons ghee
Preheat the oven to 350.
For the mince:
Add the coconut oil to a skillet and cook the onions until translucent. Add the ground beef and use two forks to pull apart the meat so that it browns evenly. Add the tomato and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Spray the bottom of a baking dish with coconut oil spray. Add the mince to the dish.
For the top layer:
Separate the cauliflower into florets and steam for 10 minutes. At the same time boil the cubed sweet potato for 8-10 minutes until it tests done with a fork (I left the skin on, but you can take it off). Add the cooked sweet potato and cauliflower to your food processor (we have a Ninja blender). Add some ghee, 1 or 2 tablespoons and a little salt and pepper. Puree until they are the consistency of mashed potatoes. (I did them separately and mixed them after in a bowl.
Construction and cooking:
Smooth the sweet potato and cauliflower mixture over the mince and put your cottage pie in the oven. Everything is already cooked so you're just looking to meld the flavors together and give it a little color. I baked mine for about a half hour and it was lovely.
Mexican- Add a few chopped jalapenos and another tomato to the mince and some chili powder. Mix a little hot sauce into the cauliflower and sweet potato for a little more kick.
Italian- Add a green pepper and an extra tomato to the mince and then some dried basil, oregano, and maybe some extra garlic.
Thanksgiving style- Instead of ground beef used ground turkey and throw some dried cranberries in place of the tomato. Add a few dashes of cinnamon, ground clove, and a little sage to the mince as well.
This recipe would also be great with ground chicken or sausage.
There are probably lots of other ways to make this your own, share your ideas in the comments.