Shepherd’s Pie is a timeless classic recipe. It’s one of my all time favorite comfort foods. With my son’s recent milk allergy diagnosis, this comforting Shepherd’s Pie needed a simple dairy free update.
I love how traditional this recipe is. It’s a great way to get some vegetables in and my son really loves it. He’s a picky eater, but devoured every last morsel of this dairy free Shepherd’s Pie.
Mom Pro Tip: This is a great recipe for picky eaters. It requires an additional step of placing all of your vegetables in a food processor and whipping them up until they are fine enough to be “hidden” in the meat mixture. I also like sneaking in a little flavor by using a little bit of lamb, but you don’t have to!
Shepherd’s Pie is definitely a dish that requires some work. There’s a lot to it, but the end result is so worth it. From boiling the potatoes to chopping up fresh ingredients, it’s a tasty traditional dish that will please the whole family.
Dairy free Shepherd’s Pie is just as delicious as the dish with milk. The good news is there isn’t a whole lot of dairy in the original Shepherd’s Pie. Just in mashed potatoes.
Eliminating dairy like milk and butter from delicious creamy mashed potatoes seemed like mountain I didn’t want to climb. Could potatoes ever be as creamy and delicious as I remember? Will my son ever know creamy mashed potatoes?
Enter olive oil.
I feel like I’ve hit a new level with olive oil mashed potatoes. Why hadn’t I tried this before? Who is hiding olive oil mashed potatoes from us?
The olive oil mashed potatoes are the perfect addition to this dairy free Shepherd’s Pie. They’re light, creamy, and you won’t even think of the butter you didn’t put in.
I love a good amount of potatoes in my Shepherd’s Pie recipe. In some Shepherd’s Pie recipes there’s a serious disconnect between the amount of creamy mashed potatoes and the meat layer. I don’t want either of the layers fighting. Both the potato layer and the meat layer are equal in my book.
In addition to my new favorite olive oil mashed potatoes, adding in an egg yolk to the potatoes will make the potatoes crust up real nice when your dairy free Shepherd’s pie is cooking in the oven.
If you make this, let me know in the comments!