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cottage pie

Cottage Pie (AIP, Paleo)

  • Author: Jaime Hartman
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Cottage pie is the proper name for a shepherd’s pie made from ground beef. Feel free to use lamb in this recipe if you have it. Either way it is 100% AIP compliant and hits all the right notes for comfort food. TIP: White sweet potatoes might be labelled as “Hannah,” “Jersey,” or “Japanese.”


  • 23 small white sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 12 lbs.)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, or other cooking fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 parsnip, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 cup bone broth, plus more if needed for potatoes
  • additional salt to taste


  1. Boil sweet potatoes for about 15 minutes, until very soft. Drain and mash.
  2. Mix in 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. If potatoes are very thick, add up to 1/4 cup of broth. Set potatoes aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the beef. Remove and set aside.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil to pan and saute onion, carrot, and parsnip for about 10 minutes, until soft.
  6. Add herbs. Cook until fragrant (about 1 minute).
  7. Add broth and return beef to pan. Stir to combine and salt to taste.
  8. Transfer mixture to a small baking dish and top with the mashed sweet potatoes.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  10. Allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Entree