Shepherd’s Pie (Paleo)

A couple of weeks ago we went to an Irish restaurant and Patrick couldn’t decide between the shepherd’s pie and another entree. He decided on the other saying, “I’m sure you can make a shepherd’s pie that’s even more delicious.” I told him that of course I could!

I’ve never made shepherd’s pie before. So I made up this recipe and it came out so good he came up with an empty plate and told me it was one of his favorite meals I’ve ever cooked and it now must go into regular rotation. I’d say that’s a pretty good review!

Shepherd’s Pie

4 medium potatoes (or sweet potatoes)
~ 1 cup chicken stock
1 Tbsp butter
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp coconut oil
3 medium carrots, diced
1 cup fresh or frozen green beans, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 lbs ground beef (grass fed preferred)
1-2 cups beef broth
1 Tbsp potato starch (or thickener or choice)

Preheat oven to 375.

Peel and dice the potatoes and place in pot. Cover with cold water and add a large pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender. Drain potatoes and add butter and chicken stock and mash until desired consistency (I like fluffy but with texture, not whipped). Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Heat the coconut oil in a large pan and saute carrots, green beans, onion, and garlic (season your veggies) until onions are translucent and vegetables are tender but not cooked through. Add the beef (season with salt and pepper) and cook breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon until no longer pink. Remove beef and veggies with a slotted spoon and add to a 2 qt casserole dish.

Drain some fat leaving a 2-3 Tbs. Add potato starch (or thickener) and whisk briskly to break up. Add beef broth, season with salt and pepper and stir constantly until you get a gravy. Pour the gravy over the meat and veggie mixture. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the meat and veggies and bake in the oven for 20 minutes (painting an egg wash over the potatoes will allow them to brown nicely. It will look prettier but it’s not necessary.)

Eat and enjoy!

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