Shepard’s Pie – Banting-style

I suddenly have ‘Gangnam Style’ in my head..! {Hehe}

Is it just me, or does anyone else like to make casseroles, one-dish-oven-dishes or similar things on a Monday night?!
It just seems like the logical thing to do to ease into the week and get your bearings straight. It also feels very comforting to start the week with some comfort food {all Paleo / Banting of course!}.

Ok, so my Monday night comfort dinner is from the Real Meal Revolution and substitutes mashed potatoes for cauli-mash and it is rather delicious.

I adapted the recipe slightly – here it is:

You will need:
500g venison mince
250g bacon, diced
Butter
1 onion, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
1 carrot, finely grated
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Tomato paste
5 baby Roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup beef stock
Salt & pepper to taste
Peppadew spice
2 sprigs of thyme

Start by frying the bacon and mince in the butter and let it brown {you will need a large pot, or do it in batches}, season with salt and peppadew spice.
Once the meat has browned, remove it from the pan, add another dollop of butter and sauté the onions, celery, garlic and carrot. Add the meat, tomato paste, thyme, stock and tomatoes and let it simmer for an hour.
Season to taste.

For the mash topping:
1 large head of cauliflower
2 egg yolks
100g of butter
Nutmeg
Salt
Cheese, grated

Steam the cauliflower florets until tender, then purée with a food processor or stick blender.
Add the egg yolks while blending and then the butter. Make sure the butter melts into the mash.
Season with a pinch of nutmeg and salt.
Layer the mince mixture in a large oven dish and top with cauli-mash and grated cheese.
Place it under a hot grill for 15 minutes until the cheese has melted and has turned a golden, bubbly brown.

Enjoy with a herb salad. X

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{The kids’ verdict: Francois (the baby) absolutely loved it and gobbled an entire bowl, while Seb didn’t want to eat it…
My other boy (hubster!) also loved it – but then again, he will eat just about anything and even better if it’s made of mince! Anyways, it was good and a definite do-again!}

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