Shepherds Pie My Way


Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner I figured I would share this yummy little recipe with you. I am far from being Irish, but I have respect for all foods.  I wanted to give this traditional dish a little twist.  I went with using Cauliflower instead of the mashed potatoes. I also used some turkey bacon and beer for the meat mix.  I hope you enjoy it as much as my little family did. Sláinte to all my Irish friends out there.


1.25lbs of Ground Meat

A head of Cauliflower, Chopped

2 Small Onions, Chopped

3 Carrots, shredded or chopped

12 oz Bag of Frozen Sweet Peas

6 Strips of Bacon, chopped

Salt & Pepper to taste

1 12 oz Porter Beer

1 12 oz Stout Beer

2 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter

2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 Cup of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1 teaspoon of Fresh Thyme, Chopped

1 teaspoon of Fresh Rosemary, Chopped

3 Garlic Cloves, minced

1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream

1 Tablespoon of All Purpose Flour


Boil Cauliflower in salted water until tender, about 10 minutes or so. Drain cauliflower and pour them into a food processor or blender until smooth or chunky depending on how you like it. Place into a bowl and add the cream, garlic, rosemary salt, pepper and cheese mix everything together.

While Cauliflower boils, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan and chopped bacon. Cook until its nice and crispy about 8 minutes. when done place them on top of a paper towel on plate to drain access fat. Keep and bacon drippings in the skillet. Now add chopped onions season with salt and pepper. (Tip: Carmilzing faster add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar). Onions should take about 10 minutes or so. Add meat to carmilized onions and break the meat up and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes. Add carrots,sweet peas and thyme to the meat. Cook veggies with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently then add beer. Add 1 tablespoon of flour sprinkle it on and stir.

Now you can either serve it or you can place everything into a casserole dish and place it in the broiler on high until you get a nice golden brown on top of the Cauliflower.   





9 Comments Add yours

  1. shellakers says:

    I’ve never tried shepherd’s pie with mashed cauliflower. I’ll bet it’s good.

    Thyme is my “go to” herb 🙂 I can ALMOST taste this dish once I saw your thyme! lol

  2. Rosemary is my “go to” herb so that jumped up at me. Big Shepherds Pie fan here and love making it with different ingredients, even vegetarian. Thinking a Corned Beef Shepherds Pie for St. Patrick’s Days may be on my agenda this weekend!
    Thank you.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. That sounds like an awesome idea! 😉

  3. Michell says:

    This looks so yummy. I’m gonna make it 🙂

    1. I am glad you like it. Let me know how it turns out for you. Thx 🙂

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  5. Michell says:

    Reblogged this on The Hungry Red Fox and commented:
    St.Patty’s day is around the corner. Join in on the festivity with this Shepherd’s Pie recipe. It’s a great recipe for any other day. Stay tuned for my recreation of it next week. Currently midterms have me tied down. If you make some share with please 🙂
    -The Hungry Red Fox

  6. I’ve been looking for a Shepherds Pie recipe to make…yours looks so yummy i think i will have to try it! 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Thanks for stopping by I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

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