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Monday 27 October 2014

Autumn Recipe - Try this Cheesy Shepherd's Pie

I think Shepherd’s pie is great any time of year but especially so in the Autumn.

If you are diabetic or just choose to live the low carb lifestyle just exchange potatoes with cauliflower. Cauliflower is not known to raise blood sugar levels as much as potatoes. Mashed cauliflower makes a great substitute and it has an even lighter, creamier texture. Sprinkling it with a little cheddar cheese before baking makes it extra tasty.



1 lb ground lamb
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 tbsp arrowroot starch
2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary


1 1/2 lbs cauliflower florets
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 ounces grated cheddar cheese



In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the lamb and beef until cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove to a separate plate or bowl. Drain all but 1 tbsp fat from the pan and discard.

Return pan to heat and add onion, salt and pepper. Cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more.

Return ground meat to pan. Stir arrowroot starch into the wine and add to the pan. Cook until wine is mostly evaporated and juices have thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in chopped rosemary and remove from heat. Transfer filling to a 2 quart casserole dish


Preheat oven to 400F.

Set a steaming basket into a large stockpot and add water to the bottom. Add cauliflower and garlic cloves and steam until cauliflower is very tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

Drain cauliflower well and transfer to a blender or food processor, along with the garlic cloves. Add butter, salt and pepper and blend until smooth (you may need to do this in batches, depending on the size of your blender or processor).

Spread over the filling in the casserole dish and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until filling is bubbling and cheese is melted.

Turn broiler on high and broil 4 to 6 inches from heat for 3 or 4 minutes to brown cheese. Remove and let sit a few minutes before serving.

Nutrition Info:Per Serving: Food energy: 413kcal, Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 1.32g, Total fat: 24.74g, Calories from fat: 222, Cholesterol: 115mg, Carbohydrate: 8.42g, Total dietary fiber: 2.32g, Protein: 30.05g, Sodium: 659mg

This great recipe idea courtesy of Carolyn (All Day I Dream About Food Blog) or find it here.


All the best Jan

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