If you’re looking for an easy, healthy and filling option for dinner tonight, look no further than the following super simple shepherd’s pie recipe! As always, this recipe strays away from the traditional, but it’s delicious nonetheless, not to mention perfect for our carb-conscious readers.
This delicious recipe makes up to nine small servings that reheat really well. With heaps of ground beef (or lamb) cooked with veggies, covered in a layer of mashed cauliflower and baked to seal in all the flavour, this savoury “pie” is absolutely scrumptious!
Check out the satisfying simple shepherd’s pie recipe that I guarantee you will love.
Super Simple Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
- 1 cup ground beef (minced beef) - lean
- 1 medium egg
- 1 medium yellow onion - smaller than a tennis ball
- 2 stalks green onions (scallions or green shallots)
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 head cauliflower
- ½ tablespoon butter - melted
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper - cracked
- 1 teaspoon Italian herbs (oregano, rosemary, thyme, and sometimes basil and parsley)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ¼ cup beef stock (beef broth or beef bouillon)
- Grind and season your meat (if you did not buy pre-ground meat) with salt, pepper, cayenne and cumin.
- Add an egg and some more seasoning.
- Chop up your onions, green onions and garlic or be lazy like me and toss everything in a clean food processor. Save half a stalk of green onion for your mashed cauliflower.
- Heat a pan with olive oil and toss in your processed onion/garlic mix with salt and pepper. Cook until it smells so good that you’ve made a drool puddle.
- Add in the meat! Mix and cook on medium heat. Add a splash of broth (or bullion and water) to keep the meat moist.
- Transfer your mixture to a pot and keep cooking on medium heat, mixing as you go. At this point, mix in your frozen veggies and sprinkle in some Italian herb seasoning.
- Keep cooking until most of the liquid has evaporated, and the meat has browned.
- Spread meat mix in a baking pan (or dish) and start working on your mashed cauliflower. At this point, you may also want to preheat your oven to 205 degrees Celsius.
- So I actually added an extra part to my shepherd’s pie. It’s completely optional! My carb-conscious friends, stay away from this step. I’m not even going to insert a picture into the post. I had some super cheap (but suspicious-looking) potato salad on hand that I wanted to get rid of. My solution? Spread a layer over the meaty mix!
- Fill a pot with about an inch and a half of water and set in the head of de-leafed cauliflower (whole is fine). Cook on medium heat for around 10 minutes or until you can easily mush the florets with a fork.
- Cut up the cauliflower and process with some butter or sunflower based margarine, salt and green onions until the mixture is creamy.
- Spread the mashed cauliflower on top of the meat mix.
- Season and brush on a thin layer of melted butter or olive oil before popping the pan in the oven for about half an hour (or until the mashed cauliflower just started to become a little golden).
- Remove the pan from the oven and let the shepherd’s pie settle, and cool for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.