Today has been insane crazy. The movers brought all of Chad’s stuff from his townhouse to our house, so now our garage is basically a storage unit. Upside? He has beautiful, comfortable leather couches and a really nice wood pub-style kitchen table, so… new furniture for me!
He closes on Thursday, ending quite an era in Chad-dom. So on top of the physical stress from the move is the emotional toll. It’s a huge life event for us to officially be sharing a home!
So in light of the exhaustion and allthefeels, I decided on a relatively quick dinner of comfort food-style: Shepherd’s Pie! I used ground beef rather than lamb (I just can’t bring myself to buy lamb…), celery, carrots, onion, garlic, and some oregano and thyme, salt & pepper.
Since it’s Whole 30, they suggested topping with sweet potato. Don’t mind if I do! After boiling the chunks of sweet potato for about 10 minutes, I ran it through the food processor with ghee and coconut milk.
After I sauteed the veggies in a pot with some more ghee, I added the beef and garlic, stirring for about 10 minutes. Then the spices went in & I took it off the burner for about 5 to cool a bit.
Then the mixture was dumped into a baking dish and I topped it with the smooshed up sweet potato. It was pretty! After that, I just popped it in a 375 oven for half an hour & voila! Whole 30’s Shepherd’s Pie!
Except that when I took it out of the oven, the top hadn’t browned like it was supposed to and it was sort of… soupy? I double checked that I had followed the exact recipe, and I totally did. But the ghee had all risen to the top and was basically just bubbling and boiling away, not allowing the sweet potatoes to cook properly. I was super disappointed and totally sulked about two soggy dinners in a row (see last night’s watery zoodle nonsense), but Chad assured me that it was edible. I did, in fact, eat some myself because I was starving — it actually didn’t taste bad, but it looked… not great. Which is why I didn’t post a “here’s what we’re eating!” picture tonight. It looked much prettier in the baking dish before I actually put it in the oven. Lesson learned! Don’t use ghee in this recipe!
But soggy shepherd’s pie or no, it’s the beginning of a new era! It was nice to share this meal with my intended at our “new” kitchen table.