Thursday, January 27, 2011
So Paul always has something to say about my cooking. While I was prepping this he said "Hmm, that looks like a bunch of mush" but after taking one bite, his tone had changed into something that went a little like this, "Um, I don't even know how to put into words how amazing this is"
Thank you, thank you very much.
Yes, this is a recipe that I have been thinking about for some time. I have never had sheppard's pie before, but I remember seeing it once on another blog and wanting to try it out. He is my version:
Here is what you'll need:
1 head cauliflower
4 tbsp butter or ghee
3 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground beef, (or turkey, or lamb, or bison, whatever you like)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 c frozen organic peas and carrots, thawed
1 c frozen organic green beans, thawed
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp thyme
1-2 tbsp almond meal
3/4 c mushroom broth (you can sub chicken or beef broth, I just happened to have mushroom)
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a pan, saute the chopped onions in the olive oil over medium heat. Once the onions are cooking for about 3 minutes, add in the ground meat and cook for about 5 more minutes or until the meat is browned. Next, add in the peas, carrots and green beans and continue to cook for about 3 minutes. Next you'll add in the spices, almond meal and the broth and stir everything together. At this time, reduce the heat to low and let simmer for a few minutes, or until your oven and cauliflower are ready.
To prep the cauliflower mash: cut the cauliflower into florets and place in a microwave safe bowl with 3 tbsp water. Cover, and microwave for about 3 minutes. Remove, check for softness, they should be pretty darn soft, if not, throw em back in for another 2 minutes. They should definitely be done after 5 minutes. Take off the cover and add 2 tbsp of butter or ghee and blend the mixture using either an immersion blender or food processor. You want the consistency to be a little thick. Add in salt and pepper to your liking.
Place the meat and veggies mixture into a 9"x9" pan, then cover with the cauliflower mash. Cut up your remaining 2 tbsp of butter or ghee and place it evenly on the top of the cauliflower mash topping. Throw that dish in the oven for 35 minutes and you will have the best tasting home cooked meal you've ever had since eating at grandma's house!