Friday, April 9, 2010

Shepherd's Pie

This is one my family's favorite recipes! I first found it on the Bernstein Forum: and have since given it some of my own tweaks. I've served it for company and been told "this is better than eating out". Had this for supper last night.  Looking forward to the leftovers!

* Exported from MasterCook *

         Shepherd's Pie With Mushrooms, Smoked Cheddar and Bacon

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Serving Size  : 8    
Categories    : Main dish

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
  1              pound  ground beef
  1              pound  italian sausage -- (ground)
     1/2         pound  fresh mushrooms -- chopped
  2        tablespoons  unsalted butter
  1         tablespoon  minced garlic
     1/2           cup  onion -- diced
     1/2      teaspoon  thyme
  1           teaspoon  italian seasoning
  8             ounces  tomato sauce-no sugar added
                        salt and pepper -- to taste
  2             pounds  frozen cauliflower -- (4 cups when pureed)
  2               cups  smoked cheddar cheese -- shredded
     1/4           cup  sour cream
  2        tablespoons  butter
  1              large  egg
     1/2           cup  bacon pieces, reduced fat

Brown the ground beef and sausage along with the chopped onion. Add garlic and tomato sauce, thyme, and italian seasoning

In another pan cook chopped mushrooms in the unsalted butter until all the liquid is absorbed and they are browned.

Add the mushrooms to the meat mixture and spread into a 9' x 13" pan.

Microwave the cauliflower for 10 minutes or until cooked well enough to puree.  Put in food processor and add the sour cream, butter, egg, and cheese.  Process until well mixed and pureed.  Pour in the bacon pieces and pulse until mixed.  Spread on top of the meat mixture. Sprinkle the top with paprika.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

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Per Serving : 640 Calories; 52g Fat (73.1% calories from fat); 32g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 168mg Cholesterol; 966mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 4 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 8 Fat.


  1. Sounds wonderful, Ginny. I have yet to make Shepherd's pie low-carb style. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! You have a great week too! :)

  2. Do you think you could make this ahead and freeze it, Ginny? Thanks in advance!

    1. I've never tried it but I think you should be able to do that just fine. I've frozen leftovers and reheated.

  3. made this tonight! So great - took 3 rounds to puree all the cauliflower, lol.

    Next time I would swap the italian sausage for some lamb or ground turkey next time, to make it more of a traditional shepherd's pie flavor. Maybe add some bay leaves, and definitely some celery, and diced tomatos. Low carbing things that normally have peas or carrots really aren't the same, but celery makes a great sub.

    The mushrooms in this were really great, and the cauliflower fluffed up so well. comfort food!

    1. The original recipe did have celery and I love celery in it! But my son won't eat celery so we do without. I have also been making it with diced tomatoes lately. Glad you enjoyed it! It's become one of our favorite meals.



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