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Old 05-28-2014, 10:17 PM   #1
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Cottage pie

I made it for the first time last night, and it was scrumptious. I thought I'd share my "recipe."

Ingredients


cauliflower
ground beef (or lamb for Shepherds Pie)
cream cheese
heavy whipping cream
minced garlic
Worcestershire sauce
cheddar cheese (optional)
grated parmesan cheese (optional)

small onion, chopped
2 TBS tomato paste or no sugar added tomato sauce (I used Trader Joe's 3-cheese pomodoro)
1/4 to 1/2 cup beef stock or similar (I used my homemade beef/pork bone broth)
butter
lard, bacon fat, coconut oil, or another fat to cook with


optional veggies for filling (all should be either shredded or chopped small)

mushrooms
green beans
celery
bell pepper
cabbage

Brussels sprouts
zucchini
heck, go crazy (while keeping on plan )!


preheat oven to 400*

Mashed Cauli Topping
cut cauliflower into bite sized pieces, and place in a covered bowl with about a tablespoon of water. Steam in microwave until soft. Drain. Add small amounts each of butter, cream cheese, grated cheddar, and HWC. Blend with immersion blender, hand masher, or food processor until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Filling
This is very flexible. You can use already cooked veggies, or cook them now. Heat a pan with the bacon fat and add chopped onions. Cook until translucent. Add garlic and whatever other raw vegetables you want to use. Cook them most of the way, and remove from pan. In the same pan, brown meat until mostly cooked through, drain if there's too much fat, and then add back the cooked veggies. Add tomato paste or sauce, beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste. I added seasoned salt, pepper, paprika, and a bit of nutmeg. Simmer until the liquid starts to cook down. If it isn't thickening enough for you, you can stir in a dollop of cream cheese to help it along. When you're sure you're done cooking it down, taste again for seasoning. Turn off the heat.

Pour filling into a casserole dish or bread pan. Top with cauli mash, and spread all the way over the top, making sure to get it completely covered. You can make a pretty decoration with a fork. At this point, you can top with a bit of cheddar or parmesan cheese, if you like.

Bake in the oven until the topping is slightly browned. I put a pan on the shelf underneath, in case it bubbled over.

This recipe freezes well, and you can prepare it all the way until you put it in the oven, wrap tightly, and freeze for later.


It did bubble over a bit in the oven. Oh, well.






Weird, I don't know why the last picture turned huge. Anyway, leftovers the next day tasted even better.
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Old 05-28-2014, 11:04 PM   #2
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Yum that looks super delish!
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:20 PM   #3
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Awesome! Looks so good.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:45 PM   #5
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This looks wonderful!!!
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I can tell by looking at this that it is great. This will be supper on Saturday.
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One of my favorite comfort foods! This looks great, and Worcestershire Sauce is key to the flavor.
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Old 05-31-2014, 12:28 AM   #8
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Yes, the Worcestershire sauce is non-negotiable!

I have loved shepherds pie and cottage pie all my life, and I'm thrilled that I finally like cauliflower enough for it to work in the LC version.
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looks so good! a little squirt of yellow mustard in the meat filling will and some extra tang and enhances the cheese flavour too.
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:36 PM   #11
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Yes, the Worcestershire sauce is non-negotiable!

I have loved shepherds pie and cottage pie all my life, and I'm thrilled that I finally like cauliflower enough for it to work in the LC version.
I like worcestershire sauce too but was very surprised at checking the label on Lea & Perrins a few months back. 1 carb per teaspoon. The ingredients, in order: vinegar, molasses, high fructose corn syrup, anchovies, water, onions, etc. Any lower carb versions out there?
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:00 PM   #12
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looks really good ! Just got back from store and don't have any cauliflower ;/ Have everything else
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