Shepherd's Pie

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Shepherd's Pie

To make the chilli mince:


  • Knob of Butter
  • 1 Large onion
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Marjoram
  • 500gms Minced Beef
  • 400gms Canned chopped tomatoes
  • Concentrated Beef Stock


Melt butter in a frying pan, add diced onion and cook till tender, add mince and brown.  Add the rest of the ingredients, there will be a lot of liquid so you need to let it simmer for 10-20 minutes, the sauce will reduce down and create a delicious thick rich sauce.  The leftovers are even better!

For the Cauliflower Mash:


  • 1/2 head cauliflower cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 cloves of roasted garlic (roast it in the skin for 30 minutes and then squeeze the garlic out)
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1-2 Tablespoons butter
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper


Boil your cauliflower in a pot for approx 6 minutes, once cooked then drain well and do not cool, pop the cooked cauliflower on lots of paper towels and more on top, pat dry as much as possible, I actually do this about 2-3 times to get all the liquid out of the cauliflower which is why my mash looks so "dry" just like mashed potato.  (you can also use a salad spinner which works quite well too)

In a bowl add the remaining ingredients and the cauliflower, use a stick blender to puree until almost smooth.

Lynda from A Change of Life adds an egg to hers to make it more potato like.
In a medium sized dish lay out your mince first and then top with the mash, then top with a combination of colby and parmesan cheese and a little extra chopped rosemary, place under the grill until browned.

I have tested this recipe on several people and it gets the huge thumbs up, M who doesn't even like Sheperd's Pie let alone cauliflower absolutely loves this and devours the lot! Trust me it's goooood!!!!!

1 comment

  1. Ah Michelle, I just made this tonight for dinner, SOOO delish! New favourite me thinks. Thank you :) xxx


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