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Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

close up of shepherd's pie with mashed potatoes, ground lamb, carrots, corn and peas

5 from 1 reviews

A healthier version of Classic Shepherd’s Pie, deliciously spiced with extra veggies and olive oil mashed potatoes. Gluten free and dairy free.

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Ingredients

For the Mashed Potatoes

For the Vegetables and Meat

Instructions

Equipment: A large (12-inch) cast iron skillet or a standard casserole dish.

  1. Cover potatoes with cold water in a large pot and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes or until just tender. Drain and mash with ¾ cup broth, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1½ teaspoons salt and several grinds of black pepper, to taste.
  2. While potatoes are cooking, preheat oven to 400ºF. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large (preferably cast iron) skillet, over medium heat. Cook lamb (or other ground meat), stirring, until it loses its pinkness. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl and pour off fat from the skillet.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the skillet. Cook onions, carrots and bell pepper over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fairly dry and starting to brown, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and zucchini and cook, stirring, for a minute or so. Return lamb to the skillet. Add 1 cup broth, 3 tablespoons tomato paste,  ½ teaspoon thyme, 2 teaspoons salt, black pepper and cayenne to taste, and bay leaf. Simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the corn and peas and remove from heat.
  4. To assemble the pie, use a spatula to smooth out the meat filling in the bottom of the skillet or casserole. Spread the mashed potatoes out evenly on top and use the tines of a fork to make swirly patterns in the potatoes, if you like.
  5. Bake, uncovered, in the top third of the oven for 25 minutes, or until heated through and golden brown in spots. Rest casserole for 10-15 minutes. Slice into pieces and serve.

Notes

Time Saving Tips:

  • Make this recipe in a cast iron skillet. Use it to sauté the meat and vegetables and to assemble and bake your shepherd’s pie.
  • Use a food processor to chop the carrots, onion, pepper, zucchini and garlic, with just a few pulses.
  • Use an immersion blender to mash the potatoes right in the same pot you use to cook them.

Reheating Instructions: This shepherd’s pie is delicious the next day. Store it in the fridge covered and reheat, covered with foil, in a 325ºF oven, until heated through, about 40 minutes.

Nutrition Information: The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and is not a substitute for the advice of a professional nutritionist.

Keywords: Cottage pie, shepherds pie, spicy shepherd's pie, dairy free shepherd's pie, gluten free shepherd's pie

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