Recipes

Oh my! Cottage Pie! GAPS/AIP/Paleo/SCD

We love traditions in our home! They provide a rhythm, feelings of familiarity, and a sense of nostalgia to a number of days and events each year. As I have mentioned before, one of our favorite traditions is to create a recipe that correlates with the country that is hosting the Olympics. The very first dish we chose was for the summer Olympics of 2012 which was held in England. We tried a number of quintessential English dishes that summer. Though we thoroughly enjoyed them all, the cottage pie became our instant family favorite. It is so well loved in our home that Little Jedi asked if this could be our special dinner for Christmas a few days ago. We, of course, obliged!

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When I first created this recipe we were not on GAPS or an AIP diet. But I have to say, my original recipe is outrageously good! So whether we are having friends over or I am making this dish to take to a friend this is the recipe I use:

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Cottage Pie

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 2 hours total
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 6 extra large Sweet Potatoes- Our absolute favorite are Japanese Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Ground Lamb (or you can do 2lbs of just one type of meat)
  • 2 lb Yellow Squash or Zucchini
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 6 Carrots
  • 1 package Mushrooms (either cremini or button)
  • 4 large cloves Garlic- minced
  • 8 oz Raw Goat Cheese- grated
  • 6 T Mayonaise
  • 4 T Goat Butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parsley
  • 1 T fresh Thyme
  • 1 T fresh Rosemary
  • Salt to taste

    Directions

  1. Either bake or steam the sweet potatoes. 

  2. Meanwhile, chop up the remaining vegetables and herbs.
  3. Sautee the meat, vegetables, and herbs in a dutch oven. Once done salt to taste.
  4. If you do not have a dutch oven saute everything in a pan and then transfer to an oven-safe baking dish.
  5. Once your sweet potatoes are done cooking mash the sweet potato until smooth.
  6. Stir in the shredded raw goat cheese, mayonnaise, and goat butter.
  7. Mound the sweet potato mixture on top of your meat and veggie mixture.
  8. Cook at 400 degrees for 8 minutes in order to slightly brown the top.
  9. Serve with sauteed swiss chard or another favorite side.
  10. Enjoy!

Now that we are working through the GAPS intro diet we have altered the recipe some and I have to say, though it has a different taste, we still absolutely love it! When I am cooking for my family this is the recipe I use:

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Cottage Pie- GAPS Intro/SCD

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 2 hours total
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 large head of Cauliflower
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Ground Lamb (or you can do 2lbs of just one type of meat)
  • 2 lb Yellow Squash or Zucchini
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 6 Carrots
  • 1 package Mushrooms (either cremini or button)
  • 4 large cloves Garlic- minced
  • 6 T Mayonaise – optional depending on stage/tolerance
  • 4 T Goat Butter – optional depending on stage/tolerance
  • Marrow from making stock
  • 1/4 cup fresh Parsley
  • 1 T fresh Thyme
  • 1 T fresh Rosemary
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Simmer the cauliflower in a small amount of stock until soft. 

  2. Meanwhile, chop up the remaining vegetables and herbs.
  3. Simmer the meat, vegetables, and herbs in stock in a dutch oven. Once done salt to taste.
  4. If you do not have a dutch oven simmer everything in a pan and then transfer to an oven-safe baking dish.
  5. Once your cauliflower is done cooking mash cauliflower until smooth.
  6. If you are using mayonnaise or goat butter stir that in with the cauliflower now. Also, blend in the marrow. Salt to taste.
  7. Mound the cauliflower mixture on top of your meat and veggie mixture.
  8. Cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes in order to slightly brown the top.
  9. Serve with cooked swiss chard or other favorite side.
  10. Enjoy!

As I am writing this the snow is gently falling outside. This dish is perfect for a day like today. It is warm, comforting, and filling! It brings the whole family to the table and encourages you to linger at the table after. It was a huge hit on Christmas and is something we will be enjoying again someday soon! I hope you and yours enjoy it as well!

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