Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cauliflower Mash Shepards Pie

 I can honestly tell you this rocked!  I mean literally rocked!  My husband and child were fighting for the leftovers, what?  That never happens.  What's even more surprising is how easy this was to put together, I made this on a weeknight.

Hubby had NO CLUE these were not mashed potatoes, he kept looking at me like; "honey why are you making me mashed potatoes"?  I just smiled, you know that smile where you know something your partner doesn't know?  Yes, that smile.  Waited till he was half finished with his piece to finally tell him, these are not mashed potatoes...
I should of taken a picture, I really should of by the look of total surprise on his face!

Ready for the recipe?  Here we go;

Prep time: 25 minutes
Bake time: 35-40 minutes
Yield: 12 servings

Meat mixture
2lbs ground beef (I used 90/10)
1 large onion, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup frozen peas (still frozen)
1 packet (.87oz) brown gravy 
1/3 cup water
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp salt 
1 tsp pepper

Cauliflower Mash
1 large head cauliflower, roughly chopped
4 tbsp butter
1/4-1/3 cup milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper (can use black)

-Prep and dice vegetables, set aside.  Place cauliflower into a medium stock pan, add enough water to cover and boil till cauliflower is tender.  About 12-15 minutes. 

-Preheat oven to 375F.

-Spray a 13 X 9 baking sheet with non stick cooking spray, set aside. 

-In a large skillet, brown ground beef till no longer pink.   Add in the onions and saute for a few minutes till they are just beginning to become translucent.  Add in the diced carrots and cook for just a minute or so longer. 

-Sprinkle the brown gravy packet over the beef mixture.  Add in the Worcestershire sauce, water, salt, pepper and thyme.  Cook for about 3-4 minutes till all the flavors have been combined.  

-Mix in your peas and place beef mixture onto the bottom of your baking pan, set aside.

- Meanwhile, the cauliflower should be done at this point.  Drain cauliflower and return back into same pan.  Add in the butter and using an immersion blender, blend the cauliflower with the butter.  Slowly add in your milk.  Blend till you have a smooth consistency. 

-When cauliflower mash is to your liking add in the the salt & pepper to taste.  

-Blend in the beaten egg.  This will ensure the mash stays on top of the beef mixture.

-Pour and spread the mashed cauliflower over the meat mixture, spread evenly to the edge, ensuring all meat mixture is covered.

-Bake for 35-40 minutes till edges are starting to become golden.

Let rest for 10-15 minutes before cutting.

My family thoroughly enjoyed this, and what I loved most of all?  It was healthy!  I hope your family enjoys it as much as we did.

Till next time!

Dishin with Didi


  1. I mean why not?!!! Looks like potatoes, probably feels almost like potatoes, but it's cauliflower!!!

    1. Mimi my friend, it was seriously delicious! I mean you have to understand, the kids won't touch leftovers, and they literally fought with their dad, lol

  2. Didi you made me drool girl and i am at the office! It looks fantastic, no wonder why the two were fighting over it! Filakia!

    1. Hahaa Katerina, many, too many of your foods make me drool! ♥

  3. Oooooh YUM my friend! This dish is a low carber's dream as well as for anyone else who wants to enjoy this classic comfort food without guilt! Can't wait to try your recipe!

    1. Thank you Linda, so very easy, even on a worknight!

  4. Cauliflower mash is so good and had to be delicious on your shepards pie.

  5. This is a great idea - I'll need to remember this for my next shepherds pie!

    1. Hello All That I'm Eating and welcome! I hope you do remember, it was so good!