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Delicious Autumnal Shepherd's Pie topped with cauliflower mash

Cauliflower Crusted Shepherd's Pie

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Soya-Free, Low Carb, Paleo
Servings 4 adults
Author Vicki Montague - the Free From Fairy

Ingredients

  • FOR THE SAUCE:
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots washed and peeled (unless organic then I don't peel) and chopped thinly
  • 1 stick celery finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 400 g lamb mince I use organic where possible
  • 1 medium sized courgette grated
  • 500 ml tomato passata
  • Splash Worcester sauce check gluten-free
  • Splash coconut aminos or gluten-free soya sauce
  • 2 fresh or dried bay leaves
  • 1 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • FOR THE CAULIFLOWER TOP
  • 2 medium sized cauliflowers leaves removed; florets finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard check gluten-free
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. To make the sauce place the onion, carrot and celery in a large saucepan with around half a cup of water.
  2. Put the lid on the pan and cook over a low heat (topping the water up if necessary) until the vegetables are soft
  3. Add the lamb mince and garlic and fry over a medium heat until well browned
  4. Finally add the remaining sauce ingredients, turn the heat down low and allow to simmer with the lid on for around 30 minutes
  5. To make the sauce steam the cauliflower florets for around 10 - 15 minutes or until really soft
  6. Meanwhile fry the spring onions and garlic in a little oil over a low heat for a couple of minutes until softened, but not coloured
  7. Once cooked add the cauliflower florets to the spring onion and garlic mixture and fry for a further couple of minutes over a low heat
  8. Finally, place the cauliflower, onion and garlic mix in a blender with the mustard salt and pepper and blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add a tiny bit of water...but don't add too much
  9. Assemble the pie by dolloping the cauliflower on top of the sauce mix.
  10. If you want to top with cheese you can do...I suggest placing the pie under a grill in this case to melt and brown the cheese