1/2 cup [aflink u="http://amzn.to/1BwVNrK"]pumpkin puree[/aflink]
1/2 cup [aflink u="http://amzn.to/163Uzrf"]full fat coconut milk[/aflink]
2 cups peas (fresh or frozen)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the liquid has cooked down, add the peas and allow to simmer for a couple more minutes.
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.
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.
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.