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Monday, 25 October 2021

Cottage Pie, the lower carb way

This Low-Carb Creamy Cottage Pie tastes so good you will never guess the recipe is low-carb! This recipe makes a warm, comforting meal that’s perfect for cooler days. It’s easy enough for a weekday dinner, but inviting enough to serve to company. Everyone will think that the topping is mashed potatoes, but it’s not. Instead, it’s made from mashed celeriac. Celeriac, or celery root stands in as a dead ringer for the mashed potatoes in traditional cottage pie. Celeriac is a weird looking vegetable, perhaps the unsung hero of the vegetable world! It's knobbly, odd-shaped and has a subtle, celery-like flavour … it's also low carb and a favourite in our house.

This Low-Carb Creamy Cottage Pie is a recipe that the whole family will love, whether low-carb, or not. It can be assembled ahead and kept in the refrigerator overnight, covered. When you’re ready for a quick meal, just bring to room temperature, then bake as directed. Enjoy!

Serves Eight
For the topping
1 large celeriac about 16 ounces, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt quantity divided
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
1 1/4 cup cheddar cheese grated, quantity divided
2 tablespoons sour cream
For the filling
1 pound ground (minced) beef
sea salt
black pepper freshly ground
4 ounces red onion (about 1/2 medium) diced
1/4 cup carrots finely chopped
1 clove garlic crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 cup heavy (double) cream
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons chives quantity divided, sliced
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1. Preheat oven to 375º F 190º C gas mark 5. Prepare a 9 X 9 inch baking pan by greasing with butter or coconut oil.
For the topping
1. Place celeriac in a large saucepan. Add about 1/2 teaspoon salt (reserving the other 1/2 teaspoon). Cover celeriac with cold water. Cover saucepan tightly and put over high heat. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low. Simmer until celeriac is tender--about 10 minutes.
2. While celeriac is cooking, place garlic, butter, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, 1 cup of cheese (reserving 1/4 cup), and sour cream in a food processor.
3. When celeriac is tender, drain and discard the cooking water. Add celeriac to the other ingredients in the food processor. Pulse until creamy. Taste and adjust seasoning.
For the filling
1. Heat a large skillet (frying pan) over medium-high heat.* When hot, add ground beef. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
2. Cook beef, stirring occasionally until all sides begin to brown. Using a slotted spoon, remove beef to a plate. Discard all but 1 tablespoon of the grease from the pan. Place skillet (frying pan) over medium heat.
3. Add onion and carrots to the skillet (frying pan). Cook, stirring occasionally carrot is tender and onion is beginning to brown on the edges and appears translucent.
4. Stir in garlic. Cook one minute. Add vinegar. cook, scraping up browned bits, until vinegar has almost completely evaporated.
5. Stir in thyme, sour cream and heavy (double) cream. Allow to simmer until thickened. Stir in 1 tablespoon chives (reserving 1 tablespoon for later). Add the cooked ground beef to the mixture and stir to combine.
To assemble
1. Spoon the ground beef mixture into the prepared pan. Spread the celeriac mixture on top. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
2. Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly in the middle and top has started to brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10-15 minutes before serving.
3. Sprinkle reserved 1 tablespoon chives over the top before serving.

Recipe Notes
*If using low-fat beef, you may need to use a non-stick skillet (frying pan) or melt a tablespoon of butter in the pan to prevent sticking.
Cauliflower can be used in place of celeriac ... it will still be low carb
Ground (minced) Chicken could be used if preferred
Nutrition per serving
Serving size: 1/8th of the recipe
Fat (g): 25 Net Carbs (g): 6 Protein (g): 18
Need help with weight/measurement conversion
see here
I hope you may give this recipe suggestion a try - from original idea here

Chives ... The smallest and most delicate member of the onion family, chives are a popular herb used in European cookery. They have long, thin green blades that are hollow inside. They have a mild, grassy flavour similar to baby spring onions or young leeks. There is also an Asian variety of chive called Chinese chives, garlic chives or Kuchai.

You will find a variety of recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

It looks delicious, even for this vegetarian. I think it's the cheese that makes me want it.

Lorrie said...

I must try celeriac one day. It's not always available at the grocery store or market and I have never cooked with it. I am sick to death of cauliflower as a low carb substitute for potatoes. Hopefully celeriac will be lovely.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lorrie said...
I must try celeriac one day. It's not always available at the grocery store or market and I have never cooked with it. I am sick to death of cauliflower as a low carb substitute for potatoes. Hopefully celeriac will be lovely.

Hello Lorrie
Many thanks for your comment.
If you are looking for low carb substitute for potatoes this article may help ...

7 Low-Carb Potato Substitutes (and How to Cook Them All)

Wishing you a good week ahead.

All the best Jan

magiceye said...

Droolsome delicious!

Christine said...

This looks delicious.

J.P. Alexander said...

Gracias por la receta, de ley la hago. Te mando un beso

Angie's Recipes said...

Looks very inviting and comforting with celeriac. Love this lower carb version.

peppylady (Dora) said...

I don't believe I ever had cottage pie.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Elephant's Child said...

What a clever alternative to potato. Thank you. Mind you, like Laurie it isn't always available here.

Margaret D said...

That does look nice Jan and it';s amkde me hungry but have to wait for dinner for a while yet..

Valerie-Jael said...

This sounds very delicious! Have a great week, Valerie

Jo said...

Cottage pie is one of my favourite meals, it's comfort food at its best, especially at this time of year when the weather has turned cold.

baili said...

oh this looks divine dish lol

i so liked it though celeriac is is unfamiliar to me still this sounds best dish for cooler days :)

blessings to you and loved ones!

eileeninmd said...

Looks delicious, thanks for the recipe!
Have a great day and a happy new week!

Tom said...

...something that I have never had.

R's Rue said...


Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Hummm deve de ser delicioso.
Um abraço e boa semana.

Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa

Laurie said...

You always give us the very best recipes! Yum! 👍❤️

CJ Kennedy said...

Yummy comfort food

Inger said...

Perfect food for this time of the year.

Hilly Nicolay said...

Cottage Pie is really tasty.

Thank you for sharing.

Greetings and all the best,

linda said...

This looks amazing, I have never had celeriac.

kathyinozarks said...

Looks delicious, perfect for autumn too

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That sounds good especially for the cooler months ahead. I mentioned you on my blog today! I posted the apple cake recipe. Oh is my new favorite! Enjoy your day!

Rose said...

I think this sounds delicious....

happyone said...

That looks delicious.

Jeanie said...

That does look delicious. Rick would like it, too!

Jenn Jilks said...

Looks yummy!

DVArtist said...

Ohhhh yum.

Carla from The River said...

YUM.. and I am ready for comfort food. :-) said...

I made a cottage pie today but not this one. I shall have to save the recipe to try it out.

Marleen said...

That looks really delicious!

Snowbird said...

What an interesting

bread&salt said...

Looks delicious. Thanks for the comforting dish recipe.

Teresa said...

Otra receta muy buena. Besos.