Is there anything more comforting than a pan full of warm, flavorful meat and vegetables? I think that Shepherd's Pie is the perfect dish for these upcoming winter days. Oh, and there's bacon, sooooo...
When I first served this dish to my husband, he said "we're not having any vegetables?" I just laughed, because it's loaded with veggies! In the filling there are peas, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and tomato paste, and it's all topped off with creamy cauliflower mash. He didn't seem convinced, but then we went ahead and ate 2/3 of the dish in one sitting. I guess you could say it was a hit!
This savory dish makes perfect leftovers and is easily warmed up in lunch boxes. Of course you can top it with whatever you want- mashed potatoes, acorn squash, or sweet potatoes, but I really love it with my Garlic Mashed Cauliflower. It's creamy and smooth and loads this dish with even more veggie power.
So next time it snows, or rains, or stays grey all day, curl up with this cozy dish. It'll be exactly what you need.
1 batch Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
6 pcs. bacon, chopped
8 oz. mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/2 onion, diced
2c frozen peas and carrots, thawed
2 lb. ground beef or lamb
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4t dried sage
3T tomato paste
6T coconut aminos
- Pre-heat the oven to 375.
- In a large pan over medium-high heat, sauté the bacon.
- When the bacon is about 1/2 cooked, but not yet crispy, add the mushrooms to the pan.
- Once the mushrooms and bacon are browned, add the onion, carrots and peas. Cook until the onion is translucent.
- Add the bacon and vegetables to a casserole dish, and set aside.
- To the sauté pan, add the ground meat and garlic.
- Meanwhile, mix together all of the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
- Once the beef is cooked through, add the sauce mixture and stir until the beef is coated.
- Add the beef to the baking dish, and stir to combine it with the vegetables.
- Top the meat and veggies with the cauliflower mash, and bake it for 20 minutes.
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