Although I am committed to eating real food, I still live in this hectic world and therefore embrace time savers and shortcuts in the kitchen. This dish that I call a “cheater’s” AIP shepherd’s pie is a great example of that because you build the casserole right in a cast iron skillet that can go right in the oven. The prep time is minimal and while it is baking in the oven you can go do something else. Then, after dinner you only have one pot to clean up.

Notes on ingredients

This is a great meal to plan for a weekday after making this Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary Root Vegetables for Sunday dinner. But if you have a large and hungry family who doesn’t leave you any leftovers, or if you just have a craving for this dish and don’t have the pre-cooked meat on hand, just use a pound of ground lamb or beef and give yourself a couple extra minutes at the beginning to brown the meat before you start the recipe as written.

Cassava flour is completely optional in this recipe. It makes the broth a bit thicker, but isn’t necessary. If you do choose to use it, know that I recommend Otto’s Cassava Flour. I’ve tried a couple other brands and still think Otto’s is the very best. You might be able to find them stocked in your local grocery store, or you can order directly from the manufacturer.

The topping for this “cheater’s” shepherd pie is a white sweet potato. This can be tricky to find in the store, especially because they are oftentimes labeled with their specific variety name and it may not be obvious that they have a white flesh unless you actually pick one up and use your finger nail to poke into the skin. The light skinned ones can be called Hannah or Jersey sweet potatoes potatoes and the dark purple skinned ones (my personal favorite) are called murasaki sweet potatoes or Japanese sweet potatoes. If you can’t get white sweet potatoes, go ahead and use the traditional yellow ones. this will still taste great!

Notes for healing diets

This one is specifically for my Paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) friends. I normally provide suggestions for SCD and low-FODMAP modifications, but in this case you would end up with something so far from an actual shepherd’s pie that I will not do so.

Extra Easy Paleo Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

"Cheater's" Shepherd's Pie (AIP, Paleo)
 
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Recipe type: Casserole
Serves: 4 servings
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Classic shepherd's pie is comforting, but so much work and so many dishes! This AIP-friendly version is made in a single pot and skips the unnecessary prep like mashing potatoes.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cassava flour (optional)
  • 2 cups leftover cooked lamb meat, cut into bite sized chunks
  • ½ cup bone broth
  • salt to taste
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced into rounds about ⅛ thick
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in an oven safe skillet, such as cast iron.
  3. Add onions, carrots, and mushrooms to skillet and cook, stirring constantly until softened (about 5 minutes).
  4. Add cassava flour and mix in, cook for about 1 minute.
  5. Add lamb meat and broth and stir to combine. Taste and add salt if desired. Then spread so the meat and vegetable mixture is an even layer in the skillet.
  6. Arrange sweet potato slices in a single layer on top. Brush with remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil and sprinkle with dried rosemary and salt.
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and place skillet in oven. Bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove aluminum foil and turn broiler in oven on to brown tops of sweet potatoes (watch carefully, may take just a minute or two).

 

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