Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sheperd's Pie with Mashed Cauliflower

So, I am in this phase where I seem to be on a "creating my own recipes" kick.  Sometimes the process of finding a recipe that I have all the ingredients for takes time and then the constant need to reference the recipe seems daunting day after day, so I have been creating recipes with ingredients in the house and so far, they have all passed the test.  My most recent was Shepherd's Pie with mashed cauliflower.  My plan initially was to make cauliflower crust pizza but then decided I wanted something leaner.  So, here it is! 

Sherpherd's Pie with Mashed Cauliflower 
Ingredients: Part 1
1-1.25 lbs lean hamburg (you can also substitute ground turkey) 
1 medium onion, chopped 
3 carrots, chopped 
1 1/2 cups of peas 
Handful of chopped mushrooms 
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce  
Adobo and garlic powder (of course...my staples)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
In large skillet add the hamburg, onion, mushrooms and sprinkle with adobo and garlic powder. Cook until meat is cooked through.
Meanwhile steam carrots for 5-10 minutes until soft.
Cook peas following directions. (Mine were frozen so I boiled for 5 minutes). 
Add carrots and peas to hamburg mixture in skillet and add your Worcestershire sauce. 
Mix together and keep on low heat for 5-10 minutes. 
Add salt and pepper to taste. 
Ingredients: Part 2
Mashed Cauliflower: 
1 head cauliflower 
2 Tablespoons milk
1 Tablespoon butter 
1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon parsley 
Sea salt and pepper to taste 

Break apart cauliflower and place into boiling water.
Boil for about 5-10 minutes until tender.
Place into food processor and blend until smooth.
Add the other ingredients and blend again. 

Once you complete Part 1 and 2 - In a baking dish put hamburg mixture on the bottom and spread mashed cauliflower on top.  Bake on 350 for 25-30 minutes.  
*You can top with cheese or paprika if you would like. 
**Since there are basically no carbs in this recipe, shockingly (that was sarcasm), the kids wanted to eat again about 30 minutes later...so you may want to serve with some homemade bread on the side. ;) 
                      Steps 1 and 2 cooking
                 Part 1 - Completed

Seems like a lot of steps but it is actually pretty quick since you prepare everything at once.  It's just kind of wordy!  Hope you enjoy!
~Erin Leigh

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