Veal Shepherd’s Pie with Celery Root Mashed Potatoes

Written by chanie on October 22nd, 2012

I love shepherd’s pie, especially in the fall, when the weather is turning cold. Warming up to a hearty one-dish meal is the perfect end to a chilly night. I was getting a little bored of the classic beef sherpherd’s pie, so I decided to reinvent it with lighter and tastier ingredients.

For inspiration, I went to my local produce store and looked around for some seasonal ingredients to help take my shepherd’s pie to the next level. The knobbly celery root (also known as celeriac) caught my eye and I was determined to find a place for the humble root vegetable. Celery root adds a delicious hint of flavor to mashed potatoes, and lightens up it’s texture. Of course, it also helps deguiltify the whole mashed potato thing altogether :)

To go along with my lightened up topping, I replaced the beef with veal – a tender calf meat that’s lighter and lower in fat than beef.  This nontraditional shepherd’s pie recipe turned out extraordinary. It might be even better than the original!

Check out the creative uses of other root vegetables in the Kosher Connection October Link-Up below!

1 year ago: leftover turkey pot pie

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15 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ronnie Fein says:

    Ooooh, one of winter’s great comfort foods. SO delicious.

  2. Oh man, this is right up my alley! I LOVE shepherds pie with veal instead of beef. The celery root is a very cool addition to the mashed potatoes. I’ve made mine with cauliflower mash for a healthy alternative.

  3. Fantastic idea!!! The topping and the filling sound amazing and the perfect way to change it up. I got to try this.

  4. Laura says:

    I love how you lightened up the topping with celery root–very original and the flavor must have been perfect with the vegetables in the filling.

  5. Sina @ the kosher spoon says:

    Yum! Just have to tell you that I was totally going to make the same thing with ground turkey and a parsnip mash! (it’s still hot in LA, DH not up for it)
    Great recipe!

  6. Victoria says:

    Looks fantastic! Love the individual ramekin serving! Great post!

  7. Hindy says:

    This looks fantastic! I love celery root. I love how it’s incorporated in to this.

  8. I like the use of celery root for the mash.

  9. Looks so good! love the use of celery root!

  10. Jessica says:

    i love the celery root for the mash on top! great meeting you yesterday :)

  11. The celery root mash sounds so great!

  12. chani says:

    hi chanie , would you have a recipy for Kale Soup, by any chance? thanx

  13. I love shepherds pie but I have never made it with veal. This looks fantastic!

  14. Can I say shepards pie is one of my favorite things to make and eat? Veal is a nice change to the beef.

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