Friday, March 5, 2010

Low Carb Recipes: Shepherd's Pie

I don't think I've ever had the normal version of Shepherd's Pie. In fact, I'm not even sure exactly what it is. I know there's ground meat and potatoes, but that's the extent of my knowledge. So, you know, if this recipe isn't anything like actual Shepherd's Pie, please do not sue me!


1 to 1.5 lbs ground turkey or other ground meat
Garlic powder to taste (or minced garlic)
Onion power to taste (or diced onion)
Red pepper flakes to taste
1 small diced onion
2 pkgs frozen cauliflower
1 8oz pkg cream cheese
1.5 cups shredded cheddar
Bacon crumbles (optional)

1.Cook the ground meat adding the garlic, onion and red pepper flakes.

2.Cook and mash the cauliflower. I use my handheld blender too. Do this while it's still hot.

3.To the cauliflower, add the cream cheese (which will melt because the cauliflower is still hot), 1 cup cheddar, bacon, and diced onion. Mix.

4. Spread half the cauliflower mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 pan (or whatever size you're working with).

5.Top with all the ground meat.

6.Cover the meat with the remaining cauliflower mixture.

7.Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese.

8.Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is melted and the casserole is heated through.


  1. Thanks for putting up these recipes. I'm sick of eating oats ever since I started low carbing! And glad you're better now, :)

  2. Yum, I've been making shepherd's pie like this for the last dozen years or so (since 1997). It's a wonderful LC recipe. I can't see what anyone would want traditional shepherd's pie instead. :-)

  3. I modified this recipe a bit to be more like a shepherds pie recipe from a weight watchers recipe.

    I left out all the cheddar cheese and used 2 whole cauliflower heads that I boiled instead of the frozen stuff.

    I added 2 diced stalks of celery and 2 diced carrots as well as 1 cup of chicken broth.

    I also added in 1 tsp of rosemary and 1 tsp of thyme.
    I simmered this all until there was almost no water left.

    1. These are great additions Jason and more to my taste. Thanks for sharing

    2. These are great additions Jason and more to my taste. Thanks for sharing

    3. These are great additions, Jason. Thanks for sharing

  4. Can't wait to try this. Thank you.

  5. I don't like regular shepherds pie...but love this, so does my husband. Cooking it for the 2nd time! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Can you provide the nutrition information so I can track it in Myfitness Pal? Thank you!

  7. I very rarely comment on recipes, but this one was exceptional. Even my husband, who is not a fan of cauliflower, really enjoyed it. Will be adding this to our regular rotation!