Paleo Shepard’s Pie


Top of the morning and happy Saint Patty’s day to everyone!! Seeing as I hold some Irish blood in my veins (yes I’m aggressive and enjoy whiskey more than the average person) I thought it only fitting to do an Irish themed Paleo post.

I know that most people see Shepard’s Pie as an English food but did you know it’s Irish. The English version is called Cottage Pie. This soul warming staple originated in the late 17th century when potatoes became universally accepted in Irish culture. Previous to this time, potatoes were a “New World” food. Both Irish and English cultures did not care to eat or grow it for hundreds of years after America’s colonization. Such a funny thing to think about isn’t it? Potatoes not existing in England and Ireland? Hmm. If only they knew that such a delicious dish could still be made without potatoes.

I must say, I am a little worried my great grandmother would roll over in her grave if she knew I was replacing the potatoes in my shepard’s pie with cauliflower. Eeeek. But I can’t imagine not eating one of my favorite dishes this lovely holiday and unfortunately potatoes just aren’t on my list of foods any more. I hope you can forgive me great grandma!


1 Large Onion
2 Carrots peeled and chopped
3 Cloves garlic
4 Strips Bacon
1 lb Ground Beef (grass fed, organic)
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
8oz Organic Chicken Broth
1 Cup Corn
1 Large Head Cauliflower (stems removed, chopped and steamed until soft)
2 TBSP Olive Oil
1/2 tsp Fresh Nutmeg
1 TBSP butter (melted)

1.Chop onions, garlic, bacon and carrots (keep separate)
2.Heat olive oil in large frying pan

3.Sauté onion and garlic for 5 minutes until soft
4.While onion is cooking, steam cauliflower


5.Add bacon pieces to frying pan and sauté until cooked, another 10 minutes
6.Add carrots to pan and continue cooking for another 5 minutes
7.Add ground beef to pan and sauté until brown
8.Add seasoning (Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Chili Powder) and continue cooking for 1 minute
9.Add chicken broth and cook down broth until nearly half is left (10 minutes)


10.Once it has been reduced, add corn to pan, cook for 2 minutes then pour mixture into casserole dish (or 9×13 in pan)
11.Place cauliflower in food processor or strong blender with olive oil and melted butter
12.Pour mashed cauliflower over beef mixture
13.Bake at 350° for 35minutes


Happy Saint Patty’s Day Folks! Hope you have a great one and drink a Guinness for me : )

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4 thoughts on “Paleo Shepard’s Pie

    • How’d it turn out? What do you put in your Shepard’s Pie? Everyone’s a little bit different about what they like in their’s so I’m always curious to learn new tips : )

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