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Personal Keto-Friendly Shepherd's Pie

Individual portions of shepherd's pie made with mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes to keep it low-carb, yet equally delicious.
Servings 6 Ramekins
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins


  • 10 oz. Ramekins
  • Cheese Grater
  • Sauce Pan
  • Immersion Blender
  • Large Pot
  • Rubber Spatulas
  • Large Mixing Bowl


Mashed Cauliflower

  • 1 Head Cauliflower
  • ½ Stick Salted Butter
  • 3 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • ½ Cup Gruyere Grated
  • ½ Cup Cream Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Meat Filling

  • 1 Pound Ground Lamb
  • 1 Pound Bacon Chopped into ½" pieces
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion Large, Diced
  • 2 Cups Carrot Diced; about 3 large carrots
  • 2 Cups Celery Diced; about 4 large stalks
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms Chopped; I use mini-bellas
  • ½ Tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ Tsp Pepper Fresh ground if possible
  • ½ Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth


Make the Cauliflower

  • Chop the cauliflower into florets; enough to cook through when boiling, but not too small they over-cook.
  • Melt the butter in a sauce pan and add the minced garlic. Cook for several minutes; don't burn it, but cook it to taste.
  • Add the cauliflower to your pot and add water until it's just covered. Boil for about 10-15 minutes, or until it's soft.
  • Carefully drain the cauliflower and transfer to a large bowl, or not; wherever you want to blend it.
  • Start blending with an immersion blender. You're looking for a chunky consistency that is starting to smooth out.
  • Add the garlic butter and cream cheese, and continue blending until smooth.
  • Once smooth, add in the gruyere, salt, and pepper to taste, mixing with a spatula. Set aside.

Make the Meat Filling

  • Chop and prep your veggies.
  • In a large pot or skillet, add the oil and onions. Cook the onions until they're starting to become translucent.
  • Add the bacon and cook until mostly done, around 10-15 minutes.
  • Add the carrots, celery, and mushrooms, and cook further until soft, about 15 more minutes.
  • Add the lamb and cook until it's browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika, and mix well.
  • Add in the chicken broth, stir, and boil to cook about half of it off, another 5-10 minutes.

Assemble the Pies

  • Fill the ramekins two thirds of the way to the top with meat mixture.
  • Top the meat mixture with the cauliflower. Add some grated cheddar if you like.
  • Bake in the oven at 350°F for about 20 minutes, or until hot and the cauliflower is starting to brown.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Dinner, Keto, Low-Carb, Shepherd's Pie