AIP Shepherd’s Pie
This shepherd’s pie uses mashed sweet potatoes to replace the traditional white potato topping. The sweet potatoes add a lovely color and sweet flavor. If you’d like, you can make and assemble this pie ahead of time – just pop it in the oven when you’re ready.
What is Shepherd’s Pie?
Shepherd’s pie is a savory pie featuring lamb or mutton. Assorted vegetables such as celery, carrots or peas mingle in an onion-laced gravy, and the whole pile is topped with mashed potatoes.
The dish is thought to have originated in Scotland and Northern England. Early varieties of shepherd’s pie may have featured a pastry topping instead of potatoes.
Shepherd’s Pie vs. Cottage Pie
These pies are very similar. Cottage pie is basically shepherd’s pie with another meat substituted for lamb. You could certainly adapt this recipe for an AIP cottage pie with a meat of your choosing.
Vegetarians sometimes refer to the meatless version of the dish shepherdless pie.
Where to Find Lamb
Before you set your mind on trying this recipe, it’s best to figure out where to buy your meat! Depending on where you’re from it might not be that easy to get your hands on.
If you’ve got an in with a local farmer, that’s great. By all means support them!
If not, you might want to call your regular grocery store or butcher before making a trip. If they can’t help you, they can probably steer you in the right direction.
You might even to be able to source it online. Once you’ve got your lamb, you can do a quick prep and then get ready to enjoy a comforting meal.
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) avocado oil
- 24 oz ground lamb (710 g)
- 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 celery stalk, finely chopped
- 1 large sprig rosemary, leaves picked and finely chopped
- 2 cups (480 ml) beef or lamb stock
- 2 medium sweet potatoes (4 small sweet potatoes)
- Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).
- Place sweet potatoes into the oven and roast until soft (approx. 40 minutes).
- Meanwhile, add avocado oil to a large pot and cook the ground lamb until browned.
- Then add in the onion, garlic, carrot, celery, and rosemary.
- Cook for 15 minutes and then add in the beef stock. Season with salt to taste.
- Simmer for 40 minutes until the liquid gets cooked down.
- Peel and then mash the sweet potatoes.
- Pour the lamb mixture into a dish and top with the mashed sweet potatoes.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 674
- Sugar: 7 g
- Fat: 47 g
- Carbohydrates: 32 g
- Fiber: 5 g
- Protein: 31 g