I was in the mood for real simple comfort food tonight. And I’d grabbed some love beef mince from the butcher on monday so decided a Cottage Pie was in order. Apparently, in the UK, Cottage Pie is the same as Shepherd’s Pie – but with beef. (Shepherd’s Pie is with lamb.) But no one really knows that. And besides, this isn’t really either as I didn’t use potatoes anyway. And I put spinach in it. And mushrooms. Actually – it’s not Shepherd’s Pie at all.
So I can call it whatever I want. Anyway, this uses worcestershire sauce which honestly, isn’t strictly paleo. But it’s a tablespoon for the entire recipe. And if you are really THAT strict, then FastPaleo has a nice recipe for Easy Homemade Worcestershire Sauce.
- 500g of ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 150g chopped mushrooms
- 100g spinach
- 1 tsp wild thyme
- head of cauliflower
- 1 tablespoon dried chives
- pinch of ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 200*C.
- In a skillet, drop in your olive oil and onions and cook the onions slowly until soft.
- While they are cooking, chop up the cauliflower and cook that in a separate pan – either in boiling water or steam it or microwave it or whatever you do to get your cauliflower soft.
- Add the beef mince and crushed garlic and cook until the beef is, well, cooked.
- Throw in the tomato paste and Worcestershire Sauce and combine. Then throw in your mushrooms. THEN add the spinach and wish that you’d chosen a bigger skillet like I didn’t.
- Cover and cook slowly until the spinach is more or less wilted down.
- While this is happening, you can mash up the cauliflower with a potato smasher. If you really wanted to, you could add butter, but I didn’t think it really needed it. I threw in the chives here.
- In a glass baking dish, spoon your meat mixture and pat it down so it’s quite compact. Then smear the mashed cauliflower on top.
- Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or so. If you REALLY wanted to, you could put some shredded cheese on top and grill it until bubbly.
- Comfort food!