Curried Shepherd's Pie With Sweet Potato Mash // soletshangout.com // #glutenfree #grainfree #paleo #curry #shepherdspie #comfortfood #healthy

When my husband goes away on business trips, I have my routines. The first night I will cook myself something nice and then dive into either a TV series that he’d never go for (i.e. Hello, Gossip Girl on Netflix!), or make a misguided decision and watch a documentary that either freaks me out or makes me weep. Like, full on ugly cry weep with snot and chest heaves. This time it was this Showtime series called Time of Death. I think I dehydrated myself with the amount of tears shed. It hit me in all the feels. Lucky for me, before I started watching this series I had pre-planned with some comfort food. The weather was seriously stormy, so turning on my oven felt like the right thing to do. What happened next was this curried shepherd’s pie. Oh, and then like three hours of death-themed docu-series viewing and blubbering. I can’t be trusted to be alone with myself. On the plus side, I managed to have this comfort food ready in the wings. The last thing you need is to cry all the tears, get dehydrated and headache-y and then NOT have any food to put in your face. Never underestimate the drama of a girl who is both emotionally exhausted and hungry. Just ask my husband.

Curried Shepherd's Pie With Sweet Potato Mash // soletshangout.com // #glutenfree #grainfree #paleo #curry #shepherdspie #comfortfood #healthy This dish is one of my new favorites. The curry and other warming spices are perfect for winter. The coconut milk and sweet potatoes marry together for a sweet and savory contrast with the beef and veggies. I love nothing more than things that are both sweet and savory. Like… bacon chocolate chip cookiesFun fact: I am roasting sweet potatoes right now in order to make this again tonight. I can’t seem to get enough. Since my husband is my resident taste tester, and he wasn’t home when I made this pie the first time, I heated up a bowl of the stuff for my fellow food lover and very pregnant friend Eliza. It passed the pregnant-lady taste test with a big rainbow of flying colors. So much so that she demanded the recipe and made it for her family that very evening. I love when that happens. I always feel like my recipes have more cred if they are given thumbs up by my close friends. Thumbs up by friends that are like 4059834095 years pregnant only makes it better.

Curried Shepherd's Pie With Sweet Potato Mash // soletshangout.com // #glutenfree #grainfree #paleo #curry #shepherdspie #comfortfood #healthy

If you are sensitive to peas, simply sub in some other veggies. I think both chopped up broccoli or zucchini would go great in the recipe. Make it your own! Make it for your loved ones. Make it for yourself to shovel into your face in between sobs induced by risky television choices. Side note: It’s really hard to eat and cry at the same time. Just so you know. I did the research. 😉

Curried Shepherd's Pie With Sweet Potato Mash // soletshangout.com // #glutenfree #grainfree #paleo #curry #shepherdspie #comfortfood #healthy I hope you enjoy this steaming pot of comfort food as much as I did. But, more…with like 90% less tears.

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Curried Shepherd’s Pie With Sweet Potato Mash {Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Paleo}

Preparation 2017-05-29T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 2017-05-29T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 1     adjust servings

Ingredients

Potatoes

  • 5 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tbs coconut oil (you could also used butter or ghee)
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Pie Filling

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Wash your sweet potatoes and put them onto the baking sheet. Using a knife, score each sweet potato with an x. Roast the potatoes in the oven for 60 minutes, or until the inside of the potato is easily mash-able.
  3. While the potatoes are roasting, begin your pie filling. Heat up a Tbs of coconut oil in a heavy bottomed dutch oven. If you don't have a dutch over, that's fine. You can cook your filling in whatever pan you desire, and build your pie in a baking dish later. I tend to favor the dutch oven since there is less clean-up and we can simply use this one pot for everything.
  4. Once your coconut oil is heated, add in your chopped onions and your minced garlic. Allow the onions to cook down and become translucent. Once your onions and garlic have cooked down a bit, add your ground beef and the seasonings to the pan.Brown your ground beef on all sides. Breaking it up and cooking it well.
  5. Once your ground beef is browned, add in the chopped celery and carrots. Allow it all to cook together for a few minutes. Stir it around while it simmers.
  6. Add in the broth, pumpkin puree and coconut milk. Stir. Allow the whole thing to simmer until the liquid reduces itself by approximately 1/3. We want there to be some liquid in the pie, but we don't want it to be soupy.
  7. After the liquid has cooked down, add the peas and allow to simmer for a couple more minutes.
  8. Once your potatoes are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool to the touch. Remove the peel from the potatoes and add the orange meat of the potatoes into a mixing bowl. Once you have all of your potatoes in that bowl, add a Tbs of coconut oil a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Using an immersion blender, blend the potatoes together until they are completely smooth.
  9. To build your shepherds pie, layer the potatoes over the meat filling in a oven proof pan. I kept mine in the dutch oven, but this would be the time to build your pie in a baking dish if you are using a normal pot. Layer the sweet potato mash over the meat and spread it out evenly with a silicone spatula.
  10. Bake for 35-45 minutes in the oven. The filling will get bubbly and the potatoes will become firm and even a little bit crispy on top.
  11. Remove from oven and serve! Enjoy!

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