The hardest part of switching to Paleo was giving up the potatoes. Fried, mashed, baked – every which way is strictly forbidden no matter how hard I tried!! This was a tough pill to swallow. But no fear – I conquered it and here I am now with a Paleo version to my favourite ever Shepard’s Pie. To tell you the truth I don’t miss the iconic white potatoes in this dish one bit 🙂
- 2 large sweet potatoes, or three smaller ones
- 1/2 of a medium onion
- 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1/2 cup of frozen mix of carrots and peas
- 1 lbs lean ground beef (or any ground meat you wish)
- 2 tbsp of olive oil (or any cooking oil)
- 1/2 tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tbsp garlic power
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1/3 cup of Paleo ketchup (if using tomato sauce, add more seasonings to for extra flavour)
- 1/3 cup of water
- 2 tbsp of arrowroot starch
- 1/4 cup ghee
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into smaller chunks. Place on double boiler to steam to mash potatoes later on.
2. Place 1 tbsp of olive oil on pan with medium-high heat. Add onions, and when they become translucent (about 3 mins) add frozen mix of carrots and peas (another 5 mins) until tender. Toss in (2 cloves) garlic and cook until garlic becomes aromatic (2 mins)
3. Add ground beef, breaking it up into smaller pieces for easier cooking. Cook until brown (6-10 mins), and drain excess liquid to avoid an oily dishes. Leave 1 tbsp of oil in pan to avoid burning.
4. Add tomato paste or Paleo ketchup, water, seasonings, and mix well. Cook for 5-8mins until tomato paste and water has slightly dissipated.
5. Add arrowroot starch and mix well. Keep adding until you reach desired texture one tbsp at a time.Arrowroot starch thickens the meat mixture to hold the dish together. Once finished, remove the meat and fill pan. I used a 8×8 glass dish.
6. Remove sweet potatoes from steamer and mash well. Add 1/4 cup of ghee and 1 minced garlic clove. Mix well. Once finished, place mashed potatoes on top of meat and spread with spoon/spatula.
7. Bake for 30 mins, until top of Shepard’s pie develops a slight crust. Let chill, serve, and enjoy!! 🙂