“Never try to teach a pig to sing.  You waste your time and you annoy the pig.”  Mark Twain

I think this post is about experimenting.  That’s something people do when they want an answer to the question, what could go wrong?

I’m rushing headlong into an experiment anyway because I remember my husband saying something about shepherd’s pie.  Basically, that’s veggies and meat covered with mashed potatoes and baked.  Shepherds Pie was part of his eating history, not mine.  I thought I’d give it a try and surprise him.

But first, I wanted to tweak this recipe, substituting a cauliflower topping and Beyond Beef Crumbles for the beef.  These crumbles have been sitting in my freezer waiting for me to become inspired.  Here goes.


bag of frozen cauliflower

4 T butter

S&P to taste

3 T olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

Beyond Beef crumbles, or ground beef if you must

1 cup frozen peas, thawed

1 cup carrots or sweet potato, diced and cooked

1 cup frozen green beans, thawed

optional veggies include corn or celery or peppers or any other veggies lurking in the fridge.

1 T flour, coconut or almond if you’re avoiding gluten

3/4 cup beef or fake beef broth

1 t thyme

1 t rosemary


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Zap the cauliflower until tender and whip with 2 tablespoons of the butter.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium to low heat. Add the onion and sauté several minutes until soft. Add Beyond Beef Crumbles along with the veggies and cook for about 5 minutes.

Finally, stir in the flour of your choice, the broth, and the herbs.  Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the S&P and pour the mixture into a pie pan, unless you’ve been working with a cast-iron skillet, which means one less step and less dishes.

Spread the mixture with the cauliflower and top the whole thing with dabs of butter.  You do have 2 tablespoons of butter which, up to now, are unaccounted for.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.

shep pie

Yes, you could add celery and corn and other such goodies.  Yes, it makes a whole bunch and you’ll be eating it all week.  I knew there was a good reason to invite company. That’s what friends are for!

Loveya – The Grandma



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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

1 Comment Leave a comment

  1. That sounds like a good wholesome cottage pie.
    Shepherds pie has lamb mince or pieces (hence the name) in the pie. Definitely seductive that cauliflower topping but a absolute no,no on top of a Shepherds pie Grandma!
    I bet you surprised your husband telling him it was a Shepherds pie.
    Next time surprise him with a real Shepherds pie.
    Potatoes are a healthy option too! My parent survived eating them during the war in Holland.
    Have a look at this site, one of many, on the benefit of the potato.
    Keep on Cooking!


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