Keto Shepherd’s Pie

by Clean Keto Lifestyle

Keto Shepherd's Pie is comfort food at its best! Our version features a hearty beef and vegetable layer, topped with creamy cauliflower mash. It is satisfying, delicious, and couldn't be easier to make. This dish is also keto, low-carb, grain-free, and gluten-free!

Keto Shepherd's Pie

Keto Shepherd's Pie

Keto Shepherd's Pie is so comforting on a cold winter's day.

If you never had it before, it is a savory casserole filled with meat and vegetables that is incredibly warming and satisfying.

With a few keto swaps that we made in this recipe – you can now enjoy creamy, flavorful shepherd's pie even on keto!

Is Shepherd's Pie Keto?

Traditional Shepherd's Pie features a top layer of mashed potatoes. 

While potatoes are a vegetable – they have a large amount of carbs. One medium potato has approximately 32 net carbs!

Our Keto Shepherd's Pie recipe uses cauliflower in place of potatoes to upgrade this comfort food and at the same time lower the carb count!

Oh and then we drizzle warm brown butter over the finished product to take this dish to the next level!

What's In Keto Shepherd's Pie

 To make this comfort dish, we used the following keto ingredients:

Pantry Items:

Fridge Items:

  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Ground beef/lamb
  • Cream Cheese
  • Butter
  • Fresh thyme

Freezer Items:

  • Frozen Peas and Carrots

How to Make Keto Shepherd's Pie 

This recipe has two parts: a mashed cauliflower layer and a meat layer.

You will first make the cauliflower layer.  This layer features roasted garlic.

It brings such a dimension of flavor to the mashed cauliflower. If you don't have time or don't like garlic, you can skip this step. 

Next, we will make the meat layer that features both ground beef and ground lamb. Once again, if you aren't a huge fan of lamb, you can substitute it for ground beef.

How to Make the Mashed Cauliflower Layer

For the mashed cauliflower layer, start by roasting the garlic in the oven. It will take about 45 minutes to roast so start this process ahead of time.

Once the roasted garlic is out of the oven and cooling, start with the cauliflower.

For the cauliflower, chop the heads into florets and place them in a steamer basket for about 10-15 minutes or until easily pierced with a knife.

Carefully transfer the cauliflower to a food processor or blender. Squeeze the roasted garlic into a food processor.

Then put the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.

Set aside and move onto the meat layer.

How to Make the Meat Layer

For the meat layer, saute the chopped onion in a skillet over medium heat until softened.

Then, add in the lamb and beef. Cook the meat for 5-7 minutes. We like to use a wooden spoon to break up the meat as it cooks.

When the meat is almost done cooking, add the rest of the meat layer ingredients and mix until combined and cooked thoroughly.

To Assemble Keto Shepherd's Pie

To put together your keto shepherd's pie, pour the meat layer into a casserole dish, then top with the mashed cauliflower layer.

Bake at 425°F.on the top oven rack for 10-15  minutes until the top starts to brown and the layers are heated through.

While the Shepard's Pie is baking, make your brown butter by heating the butter and thyme in small saucepan on low-medium heat for about 8-10 minutes or until the butter has a nutty aroma and has turned light brown.

Drizzle your brown butter on top of the finished pie and garnish with fresh parsley.

What to Serve with Keto Shepherd's Pie

This is a recipe the entire family will love. They won't even know it is Keto!

Serve it with some of our favorite side dishes for an unforgettable meal. 


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