I love shepherd’s pie, especially once the weather turns cold. These low-carb cauliflower crust shepherd’s pie recipes are just as delicious as any shepherd’s pie or cottage pie with mashed potatoes. These are great for diabetics watching their glycemic count and for the paleo life style.
If you make the cauliflower correctly (using no extra liquid), you’ll think they are potatoes.
In this version, I just added in butter and a drop of the water I boiled the cauliflower in. So simple. So easy. In the above version, I used left over bolognese sauce. You can take any ragu, stew, or meat filling and make a fantastic shepherd’s pie. Just save your leftovers like I using the meat fillings below.
You want to make sure you brown the crust without burning it. You can brush it with butter or sprinkle freshly grated parmesan or use a cheese of your choice. In one version, I used cheddar.
The mistake I made in the past was putting my shepherd’s pie under the broiler. That can be a bit nerve racking. I’ve found that putting the shepherd’s pie in the oven and topping it off with a little butter and grated pecorino or parmigiano reggiano is a better way to go. No need to temp fate (burning).
Keep this recipe in mind once the holidays roll around. Make your favorite stew, and save the leftovers for a shepherd’s pie.
I used this cauliflower mash recipe. This was made with just olive oil, salt and pepper. You can also use butter. It looks just like fluffy mashed potatoes, the comfort food of all of our childhoods.
Use Leftovers Make Cauliflower Crust Shepherd’s Pie Recipes
Number 1: I made this cauliflower shepherd’s pie with this left over roast beef, topped off with cheddar cheese.
Number 2: Use this Bolognese Sauce which is pictured at the top.
Number 3: You could also use the veal bolognese from this recipe.
Number 4: Use leftovers from this Italian Beef Stew. (Just cut it up finer).
Number 5 Here’s one of my absolutely favorite ground beef recipes. Ground beef with Peas and Onions. This is super easy, better than it looks. Everyone makes this loves it. If you want to keep it low carb, try green pepper instead of the peas. Add kale and pancetta for an Italian take.
Number 6: This is a bonus. If you want decadent, this is a more complex shepherd’s pie recipe of beef, veal and red wine. Just replace the potatoes with cauliflower.
No matter what you choose to do when making Cauliflower Crust Shepherd’s Pie, make it easy for yourself.
- 1 head cauliflower
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
- sea salt
- white pepper
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated pecorino or parmesan
- Trim and cut cauliflower into pieces.
- Boil until fork tender. Drain.
- You will not need to use any other liquid.
- Mix cauliflower with butter, salt, pepper.
- Take through a ricer to have a smooth mash.
- Choose one of the meat fillings above. You will need about six cups for a casserole dish.
- Put into the casserole dish or a cast iron pan.
- Top with mashed cauliflower. You can use a pastry bag to make it fancy.
- Top with cheese.
- Heat in oven at 400 degrees F. until the top is golden brown.
- If you want to use the broiler, you must watch it carefully, and use a broiler friendly pan, such as a cast iron.
- I found it easier to just bake until the top is where I like it.
- Baking time depends on if you put the ingredients together while they are warm or from the refrigerator.
- If warm, it only takes about 10 minutes.
- If place ingredients cold, don't put the cheese on until the last 10 minutes.
- You will have to bake it for about 30 minutes.
Spinach Tiger’s Kitchen Tools
I make my bolognese sauce from this cookbook from Marcella Hazan, my potatoes from this ricer, and my individual shepherd’s pies in these Lodge cast iron casseroles.