Shepherd’s pie, also known as the Cottage pie, is a dish that pleases all ages and tastebuds. It’s also quite inexpensive to make, even for a paleo version with grass-fed meat. My version with porcini and shiitake mushrooms is a little more gourmet but it’s still as hearty and rustic as the traditional Shepherd’s Pie.
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- Instead of making these as individual mini pies, feel free to bake it as a large pie in a casserole dish.
- Dried porcini or shiitake mushrooms can be purchased in most supermarkets and deli stores. You can use leftover shiitake mushrooms or get some dried porcini mushrooms as well. They add an amazing flavour to any soup or stew.
- AIP: Omit the tomatoes and paprika and use regular beef stock instead.
- Dairy-free: Cheese can be easily omitted from this recipe.
- 1 cup dried shiitake and/or porcini mushrooms
- 1 white onion, peeled and diced
- 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil (butter can also be used)
- 850–900 g / 2 lb grass-fed ground beef/beef mince
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
- 3 garlic cloves, finely diced
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2/3 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 star anise (optional)
- 2 dry bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs
- 1 cup water or beef/chicken stock (vegetable stock is also fine)
- 4 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon tamari wheat-free soy sauce or coconut aminos (optional)
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot or tapioca flour (for thickening)
Sweet potato mash
- 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons grated aged Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon butter or ghee (olive oil is also ok)
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Soak the mushrooms in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes.Then chop roughly. Reserve the liquid.
- Sauté the onion in a large pan with ghee or coconut oil over medium heat for 7-8 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the rest of ingredients.
- Add the beef and bring the heat to high. Break the meat apart using a spatula, pressing it down and stirring through as it cooks, for about 5 minutes, until the colour changes. Add the carrots, garlic, red wine, salt, pepper, star anise, bay leaves, herbs and bring back to boil.
- Add the mushrooms and the reserved soaking liquid, extra water or beef stock, tomato paste, and Tamari sauce. Stir through and bring to boil. Turn the heat down to simmering and cover with a lid. Cook for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once beef is under way, place sweet potato in a
- saucepan of water. Bring to boil and cook for 10-15 minutes, until soft. Drain and return to the saucepan. Mash well, then add the butter, cheese and salt and mash again until well incorporated and smooth.
- Preheat the oven to 200C / 400 F.
- After 35 minutes of cooking, uncover the beef and add the arrowroot flour dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water. Mix through for a minute until slightly thickened. Remove from heat.
- Spread the beef mixture in a baking tray or small oven pie dishes, leaving some space for the mash. Carefully spread the mash evenly over the top. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. If you want to brown the top even further, pop the dishes under a hot grill for 5 minutes. Prepare a side salad or some steamed greens in the meantime.