Gluten Free Shepherd’s Pie

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This month’s Secret Recipe Club recipe is shepherd’s pie from Shelby at The Life & Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch. Shepherd's pie is classic British pub food that’s usually made with ground lamb. However, you can make it with other ground meats (Shelby and I used venison) or even make a vegetarian version, called a Shepherdess’ Pie, with soy crumbles.

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Shelby’s version of shepherd's pie uses instant gravy mix. However, since I’m gluten free, I chose to make the gravy using the method found in The Joy of Cooking. However, instead of flour, I used rice starch to thicken the gravy.

Also, feel free to use fresh, frozen or canned vegetables in your shepherd's pie. I used canned since that’s what I had on hand (and what I'm trying to get rid of before we move to Boston). I also eliminated any added salt as there was plenty of sodium in the beef broth and the steak and Worcestershire sauces.

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Gluten Free Shepherd’s Pie

Based on recipes from The Life & Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch blog and The Joy of Cooking


  • 2 pounds red potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons buttery spread, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground meat (lamb, venison, turkey or beef)
  • 1/2 cup onions
  • 3 tablespoons rice or corn starch
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can beef stock, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can sliced carrots
  • 1 (15 ounce) can peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Wash potatoes and cut into large chunks. (If you’re not using red potatoes, you’ll need to peel them, too.) Place in a pot of water, bring to a boil and cook until tender.
  2. Drain potatoes reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Mash potatoes with liquid and butter until fluffy. Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Brown ground meat with onions. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons rice starch with 3 tablespoons of beef broth until thoroughly mixed.
  6. In a skillet on medium high heat add garlic, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, vegetables, and garlic. Bring to a simmer. Then add the rice starch and broth mixture. Stir until the broth thickens.
  7. Add the browned ground meat and onion mixture to the pan. Mix and keep at a simmer. Add any beef broth you have leftover and cook until thickened. Remove from heat.
  8. Pour vegetable and meat mixture into a baking dish. Carefully spoon mashed potato over mixture. Using the tines of a fork, score the mashed potatoes, if you like.
  9. Place small chunks of the buttery spread on the mashed potatoes. Then place baking dish on a cookie sheet as the gravy may bubble over.
  10. Bake 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees until mashed potatoes are golden.
  11. Remove shepherd's pie from oven and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Total Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Servings: 8 servings
  • Calories: 349
  • Calories from Fat: 85
  • Total Fat: 9.5g
  • Saturated fat: 4.1g
  • Unsaturated fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 362mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 37.0g
  • Sugar: 7.6g
  • Fiber: 6.2g
  • Protein: 28.7g
  • Cholesterol: 83mg

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14 thoughts on “Gluten Free Shepherd’s Pie

  1. chris

    This looks perfect for tonight, especially since it is rainy and cool. Excited to try a gluten free sheperd’s pie.

    Hope you enjoy Boston! I miss my hometown.

  2. Shelby

    I really should make shepherds pie again…since Grumpy loves it. I just never really grew up with it so I never think of it. You really dug deep back into my blog for this one! 😉

  3. Chaya

    I have a lot of cooking to do, this week, and I decided to check out the secret recipes to get ideas. Last night, I asked my husband, if he would like Shepherds’ Pie and he was quite enthusiastic. I need a new recipe and was going to do some searching, this morn but here you are with my new recipe. Thanks. It looks delicious.


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