Pumpkin Shepherd's Pie recipe
|Prep time||30 minutes|
|Cook time||20 minutes|
|Total time||50 minutes|
|Meal type||Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish|
|Allergy list||Egg, Milk|
|Misc||Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot|
|Description||Use the natural sweetness and unique character of fresh roasted pumpkin to replace the regular mashed potatoes atop a mild and hearty meat stew (lamb and beef work best). Naturally low-carb and certainly paleo, this Irish-inspired casserole makes a complete meal in one dish.|
Please note: only the ingredient list has been updated, you will need to allow for different cooking times, temperatures and quantities in each step.
- 1lb ground lamb (or beef)
- 1 red onion (frenched or diced)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 15oz canned tomatoes (diced, preferably roasted)
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground clove
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove fresh garlic)
- 2 cups hard winter greens (kale, chard, collards, spinach, etc)
Preheat oven to 180ºC / 350ºF / Gas Mark 4. Place butter and chopped onions into a pot; stir and cook until onions sweat and start to become translucent.
Move onions to a food processor like this mini-prep in the picture, and pulse-chop until you have much more fingertip-sized chunks. It's okay if they aren't all the same size.
Move onions back to the pan (with the heat off). Break ground meat into chunks and spread over the onions. Then sprinkle all of the spices for the "bottom" portion of this recipe over the meat and onions.
On medium heat, stir-fry onions and meat until spices are well blended (no need to cook the meat all the way through just yet).
Add in the diced tomatoes and broth. Simmer together for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring every few minutes. Allow liquid to reduce considerably (you're going for a Sloppy Joe type of mixture) and then remove from heat promptly. Stir in raw greens (no need to cook).
While the meat is cooking, place pumpkin, cream, cinnamon, salt, and eggs into the food processor (no need to clean the onion stuff out of it first), and blend to your satisfaction. You could leave it chunky or make it a silky puree.
Lay the meat mixture into a casserole or large souffle dish, spreading to make an even layer.
Spoon the pumpkin mixture over the meat, creating an even second layer. Sprinkle paprika and nutmeg on top.
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