Whole30 Cottage Pie

Whole30 Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie is what is commonly known as Shepherd's Pie but a true Shepherd's Pie is made with ground lamb and since we use ground beef here in America, it is Cottage Pie. Damn, I sound like such a pretentious bloviador... Nevermind, its meat and veggies topped with mashed freaking potatoes, so all I know is it is a crowd fave. I have been making a version of this for years but it was decidedly non-compliant, so when the hubs did his first Whole30, I wanted to make one of his favorites so he didn't feel like he was missing out on life. I ended up with this beauty and I have to say, I like it better than my old jammmm! This is a great meal for anytime, with anyone (except vegetarians, but you could leave the meat out), and is perfect to prep ahead of time, it freezes beautifully as well. All around, a winner, winner, beefy dinner! I know I have a corny sense of humor, be warned, it crops up like a bad dad joke.

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Whole30 Cottage Pie

  • 3 Tablespoons avocado or olive oil, divided
  • (1) 16 oz package of Baby Bellas, de-stemmed and quartered
  • (1) large onion, diced
  • (4) large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Adams Seasoning (if you don't have it, use salt, pepper, and garlic powder)
  • 1/2 lb green beans, trimmed and cut to about 1" pieces
  • 5 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice, I prefer almond milk
  • 2 Tablespoons ghee
  • Salt and pepper to taste

- Preheat the oven to 400

- heat 1 Tbsp oil in a dutch oven or other large heavy pot on medium-high heat, add the mushrooms and cook until browned, stirring occasionally. Once they are brown and soft, season with salt and pepper.

- Add the diced onions and carrots to the pot, add oil if needed, season with salt and pepper. Saute until softened, then move to a bowl, you will add it back in later.

- Add 1 Tbsp oil and add ground beef, break up with a spoon, add seasoning. Once the beef is all browned and you house smells bomb-diggaty, add the veggies back in. Throw in the chopped green beans and set aside while you make the mashed potatoes.

- Add the chopped potatoes to a large pot and cover with water, about 2 inches above the potato line, bring to a boil. Drain the potatoes and place back into the pot and cover for a minute. Add the ghee, milk, and salt and pepper, mash until smooth. Add milk if you need it a little thinner, you want it to be on the thick side.

- Time to assemble, spray a baking dish with avocado or olive oil, pour the meat and vegetable mix. Dollop the mashed potatoes on top and spread with a spatula, make a design on top with a fork if desired.

- Bake pie for 20-30 minutes and broil for a couple minutes if you want additional browning.

Don't season with salt or pepper until they are browned, saw that tip on Rachael Ray once and totally changed my mushroom loving life.

Don't season with salt or pepper until they are browned, saw that tip on Rachael Ray once and totally changed my mushroom loving life.

This is what the 'shrooms should look like

This is what the 'shrooms should look like

Add those aromatics and oil, season with salt and pepper

Add those aromatics and oil, season with salt and pepper

OOooh, it's starting to look delicious! Now scoop it all out and put into a bowl and set aside.

OOooh, it's starting to look delicious! Now scoop it all out and put into a bowl and set aside.

Yum, raw meat... But really, use a spoon to break it up and get out some agression, maybe this is the point you open a bottle of wine (if you are not on Whole30)

Yum, raw meat... But really, use a spoon to break it up and get out some agression, maybe this is the point you open a bottle of wine (if you are not on Whole30)

Here are seasonings and honestly, this group is like the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan, unbeatable. That Adams Reserve seasoning is amazing and I owe it all to my friend Erica (hey girl!!!) it is a large granual mix of salt, pepper, and garlic.

Here are seasonings and honestly, this group is like the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan, unbeatable. That Adams Reserve seasoning is amazing and I owe it all to my friend Erica (hey girl!!!) it is a large granual mix of salt, pepper, and garlic.

LEGIT, now we added those veggies back into the mix

LEGIT, now we added those veggies back into the mix

Oh hey green beans! I lovethat we can still have those amazing little buggers on Whole30, thanks to an update to the program a while back. Fn fact, I HATED green beans until I was pregnant with my eldest, I craved them and have not lost my love for them.

Oh hey green beans! I lovethat we can still have those amazing little buggers on Whole30, thanks to an update to the program a while back. Fn fact, I HATED green beans until I was pregnant with my eldest, I craved them and have not lost my love for them.

Mashed potatoes should be their own food group, just sayin'.These are a simple mashed potato recipe, potatoes, ghee, milk, and S&P, feel free to add your own flavors, maybe roasted garlic would be good. 

Mashed potatoes should be their own food group, just sayin'.These are a simple mashed potato recipe, potatoes, ghee, milk, and S&P, feel free to add your own flavors, maybe roasted garlic would be good. 

And now we come full circle to the top picture, it is so tasty and I hope you love it as much as our family does. This is serious man food, my hubs loves this and I'm sure any special man in your life will also agree!

And now we come full circle to the top picture, it is so tasty and I hope you love it as much as our family does. This is serious man food, my hubs loves this and I'm sure any special man in your life will also agree!

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