Gluten-free Shepherd’s Pie

Neither my husband nor I know anything about Irish traditions. We thought Shepherd’s Pie was an Irish dish; apparently it is traditionally an English dish. Mowing this down is our Saint Patrick’s Day tradition (and year round guilt-free treat) regardless of country of origin. Something tells me the absence of beef and potatoes in our recipe would negate any true Celtic roots anyway.

I based my recipe on one from Elana’s Pantry making only a few adjustments to eliminate red meat since we do not have red meat in our diets due to health considerations. (When I say ‘we” I mean Harlowe and I because I know The Banker gets down on tri tips when I’m not looking).

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
    • 1 pound turkey cut into 2 inch slices
    • 2 cups diced carrots
    • 2 cups diced celery
    • 1 pound organic turkey
    ½ teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 2 large heads cauliflower, trimmed and chopped 

  1. Preheat oven to 350° 
  2. Heat 2 tbs olive oil in a very large frying pan and saute the onion until soft.
  3. Add bacon pieces to pan and sauté until cooked, about 10 minutes. Add carrots and celery to pan and sauté with bacon for 10 minutes until soft
  4. While sauteeing bacon, place cauliflour in a separate pan with steam basket and steam until soft enough to cut with a wooden spatula
  5. Add ground turkey to pan with bacon and sauté until brown
  6. Season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika
  7. Add chicken broth and cook down broth until mostly evaporated. Leave an estimated 1/4 cup of liquid
  8. Place cauliflower and remaining olive oil in food processor and blend until smooth
  9. Pour ground turkey mixture into a 9 x 13 inch glass dish
  10. Then, pour cauliflower puree over the turkey mixture and smooth with a soft silicon spatula
  11. Place in the oven  350° for 30 minutes 
  12. Allow to cool at least 5 minutes before serving
The delicious looking bottles in the image above were used to make the best Saint Patrick’s Day cocktail. Recipe is courtesy of my friend Gina of The Fitnessista. She has some scrumptious looking healthy recipes on her blog, and this cocktail is the only one I’ve made (fail boat). I’ll be having this one year round. 

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  • Peet

    I think your version of Shepherd’s Pie is not only healthier but it tastes better too.:)

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