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Civilized Caveman Shepherd's Pie

George Bryant
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 40 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dinner
Cuisine Irish/English
Servings 8 servings


Beef Mixture:

  • 1 tbsp bacon grease or olive oil
  • 1 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 3 carrots 1 cup, diced
  • 3 stalks celery 1 cup, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion 1 cup finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup bone or beef broth
  • 1 ⁄2 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped

Parsnip Mixture:

  • 1 lb 1 1⁄2 cups parsnips, peeled & trimmed *you can use all parsnips, but will be very sweet!
  • 1 1 ⁄2 cups cauliflower florets * used to cut the sweetness. You can also use white potato.
  • 1/2 ­3⁄4 cup cashew milk or milk of choice
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Finely chopped rosemary & parsley to garnish


For the parsnips:

  • Place parsnips & cauliflower in a steamer basket over water and steam for 20 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Add to the bottom of a high powered blender or food processor, pour in 1⁄2 cup milk, blend, add more milk if needed, and puree until completely smooth.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste.

For the beef mixture & pie:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Heat bacon grease or oil in a large cast iron skillet or oven safe frying pan over medium­/high heat (*9-­10 inches).
  • Add carrots and celery and saute for 2 minutes. Add onion and continue to saute until softened. About 3­-5 minutes.
  • Add ground beef to the pan, breaking up into small pieces, and saute with other veggies until the beef is brown. Stir in garlic until fragrant. About 1 minute.
  • Pour in beef broth, loosening any browned bits on the pan, sprinkle in salt and pepper, stir, then simmer until the liquid has reduced by a little over half. Stir in rosemary & parsley.
  • Smooth parsnip mixture over the top of the beef mixture.
  • Place pan on a large cookie sheet (in case it bubbles over) and bake until bubbling and lightly browned. About 15-­20 mins.
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle w/ chopped herbs, and allow to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!