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Paleo Ground Lamb Shepherd's Pie

Servings: 6 -8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
A healthy, grain-free recipe made with a ground lamb gravy with carrots and green beans, topped in a potato/cauliflower mash.


Mashed potato topping ingredients:

  • 6-8 medium potatoes, cut into 1 inch slices
  • ½ of a head of cauliflower, cut into smaller florets
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs canned coconut cream, (Savoy tastes great, and has no preservatives)
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp dried parsley

Shepherd's pie filling ingredients:

  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 3-4 carrots, sliced (this was 2 cups for me)
  • 1 onion, diced (this was 1 cup for me)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup diced green beans, (this was about 30 green beans for me)
  • 2 Tbs tapioca flour
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste, (Cento is Paleo)
  • 2 Tbs blackstrap molasses
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup strained tomatoes, (Pomi is my favorite)
  • 1 cup chicken stock or bone broth
  • 1 egg, beaten


  • Boil the sliced potatoes, and the cauliflower florets in water for 20-25 minutes, until you can easily stab the potatoes with a knife. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Make the Shepherd's pie filling:

  • Put 1 Tbs of olive oil and 2 cups of sliced carrots into a large pot, mix, and heat over medium-high heat. Sauté the carrots until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add 1 cup of diced onions and the diced garlic, mix and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Reduce the head to medium, add the ground lamb to the pot and mix breaking it up into smaller pieces. Top the ground lamb with 1/2 tsp of black pepper, 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of dried thyme, and ½ tsp dried rosemary. Mix and cook until the meat is browned, about 7 minutes.
  • Add the diced green beans to the pan and mix.
  • Add 2 Tbs of tapioca flour to the meat and mix well. Then add the 2 Tbs of tomato paste, 2 Tbs of blackstrap molasses, and ½ tsp of chili powder to the meat and mix. Add 1 cup of strained tomatoes, mix, and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of chicken stock or bone broth and simmer until the sauce reduces to a gravy, about 7 minutes.
  • Pour the shepherd's pie filling into a 9 in x 13 in glass dish.

Make the mashed potato topping:

  • Put all of the boiled potatoes and cauliflower into a large bowl, top with 1/3 cup almond milk, 2 Tbs coconut cream, 1 Tbs olive oil, ½ tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp dried parsley, ½ salt, ½ pepper and mix.
  • Scoop the mashed potatoes onto the filling in the pan, evenly distributing it and then smooth it out with a spatula.
  • Whisk 1 egg in a small bowl, brush the top of the mashed potatoes with the whisked egg.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: lamb shepherd's pie, paleo shepherd's pie