Shepherd’s Pie 21DSD is Delicious
Shepherd’s Pie – Favorite Foods
Shepherd’s Pie recipe found in the 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook by Diane Sanfilippo, page 134.
This was the first of the meat pie recipes I tried when I started my 21 Day Sugar Detox. It looked like a safe recipe to start with because I love lamb and bacon, carrots and peas. I was a little apprehensive about the cauliflower toppings but my fears were unwarranted.
When making Shepherd’s Pie, I always start the bacon cooking first because that takes a while. Then I get the cauliflower ready for steaming. While the cauliflower is cooking, I’m busy adding the vegetables to the bacon, and later the lamb. The filling is still cooking when the cauliflower is ready to go in the food processor. When the cauliflower is creamy and smooth the filling is also ready.
Instead in making my Shepherd’s Pie in a pie plate as shown in the book, I use the 2 cup Anchor Hocking glass dishes. PORTION CONTROL! I divide the filling between six dishes, then top them with the cauliflower. I then place the filled dishes in a large baking pan to make in and out of the oven easy.
I like lots of vegetables with my meat, and there’s room in my 2 cup dishes, so I use 2 cups of carrots rather than the 3/4 c called for in the recipe. The amount of peas also gets doubled to 2 cups. I didn’t have fresh sage leaves for this most recent batch, so I used 1/2 teaspoon dried sage and 1 drop Sage Vitality essential oil from Young Living. It was a good substitution, delivering subtle flavor throughout.
Shepherd’s Pie rounds out a beautiful trio of meat pies, along with its mates Chicken Pot Pie and Beef & Bacon Cottage Pie. You may ask which is my favorite. Whichever meat pie I am eating right now is my favorite, of course.