Gluten-Free Shepherd’s Pie (Cottage Pie) | Dairy-Free

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A shallow Dutch oven filled wtih a gluten-free dairy-free cottage pie.

When comfort food is required you need to make this delicious Gluten-Free Shepherd’s Pie. Savory beef and vegetables cooked in gravy and topped with mashed potatoes will satisfy those hungry tummies and bring lots of oohs and aahs.

This classic recipe is technically a Cottage Pie since we’re using ground beef. I’ve updated it to be gluten-free and dairy-free and it’s perfectly yummy.

How to Make Gluten-Free Shepherd’s Pie:

Step one is to bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a medium-large pot. Peel and cube 2 lbs of potatoes while the water is heating up. Carefully put the cubed potatoes in the boiling water and boil for 15 minutes. 

Frying ground beef in a shallow Dutch oven.

Step two is to make the beef and vegetable base with the gravy. Start by browning 2 lbs ground beef in a large skillet or shallow Dutch oven.

Cooking onions with ground beef.

Add in diced onion and cook for 5 minutes until the onions are starting to turn translucent. 

Mixing peas and carrots into the beef mixture for a shepherd's pie (cottage pie).

Then add the following to the ground beef and onions: peas & carrots, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Then stir in 1 ½ cups of beef broth, saving back ½ cup.

Pouring cornstarch mixed with beef broth over the beef mixture for shepherd's pie.

Add the cornstarch to the reserved beef broth and whisk together. Add this mixture to the beef. Cook over medium heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Mixing mashed potatoes with a hand mixer.

After 15 minutes of boiling the potatoes, use a fork to test to make sure they are tender. (If they aren’t tender enough boil them for a couple more minutes.) Drain the potatoes in a colander and then return them to the pot. Add the buttery spread, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper. Mash a with a potato masher or mix with a hand mixer. Then mix in the egg and almond milk. 

Dairy-free mashed potatoes dolloped over a ground beef mixture.

Before adding the mashed potatoes remove the bay leaves out of the beef mixture. Next, take the mashed potatoes and dollop them on top of the beef and vegetables.

Mashed potatoes spread over the top of the beef mixture in a shallow Dutch oven for gluten-free shepherd's pie.

Spread the mashed potatoes out completely to the edge of the pan. I used a 3-quart shallow Dutch oven but you can put the mixture into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan as well. This was coming right up to the top of my Dutch oven so a 9 x 13-inch pan will give you a bit more room to work with.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 350°. You can serve immediately or let it sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the beef and gravy mixture to set up more. It’s delicious either way.

A shallow Dutch oven filled with gluten-free cottage pie.

I hope you enjoy this delicious dish. I serve this as a stand-alone dish but if you want to add some side you could serve it with a salad, broccoli, green beans, grain-free biscuits, or cornbread.

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A pan of shepherd's pie with one serving removed.

Gluten-Free Shepherd’s Pie (Cottage Pie) | Dairy-Free


  • Author:
    MamaShire

  • Prep Time:
    10 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    1 hour

  • Total Time:
    1 hour 10 minutes

  • Yield:
    8 servings

  • Category:
    Main Course

  • Method:
    Oven

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free


Description

Savory beef and vegetables baked in gravy and topped with fluffy mashed potatoes. Pure comfort food. 


Ingredients

Mashed Potatoes:
2 lbs potatoes
3 tablespoons buttery spread, Smart Balance*
3 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
1 egg
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Beef Base:
2 lbs ground beef
1 large onion, diced
2 cups frozen peas & carrots**
2 cups gluten-free beef broth, divided
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoon cornstarch


Instructions

Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a medium-large pot. Peel and cube the potatoes while the water is heating up. Carefully put the cubed potatoes in the boiling water and boil for 15 minutes. 

Brown 2 lbs ground beef in a large skillet or shallow Dutch oven. Add in the diced onion and cook for 5 minutes or until the onions are starting to turn translucent. 

Add the following to the ground beef: peas & carrots, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt, and pepper. Then stir in 1 ½ cups of beef broth, saving back ½ cup. Add the cornstarch to the reserved beef broth and whisk together. Add this mixture to the beef. Stir and let cook over medium heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally. 

After 15 minutes of boiling the potatoes, use a fork to test to make sure they are tender. (If they aren’t boil them for a couple more minutes.) Drain the potatoes in a colander and then return them to the pot. Add the buttery spread, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper. Mash a with a potato masher or mix with a hand mixer. Then mix in the egg and almond milk. 

Before adding the mashed potatoes take out the bay leaves. Next, take the mashed potatoes and dollop them on top of the beef and vegetable mixture.

Spread the mashed potatoes out completely to the edge of the pan. I used a 3-quart shallow Dutch oven but you can put the mixture into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan as well. 

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 350°. You can serve immediately or let it sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the beef and gravy mixture to set up more. It’s delicious either way.


Notes

*For the dairy-free buttery spread you can use Smart Balance, Earth Balance, or Buttery flavored coconut oil. 
**You can substitute frozen mixed vegetables for the peas & carrots if desired.

The nutritional yeast is optional but it does add a cheesy rich flavor. 

Keywords: cottage pie, shepherd’s pie, beef dinner, gluten-free dinner, gluten-free & dairy-free recipes

A scoop removed from a gluten-free shepherd's pie.

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