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Paleo Cottage Pie

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: entree
  • Method: various
  • Cuisine: English


This cottage pie uses sweet potato and yuca root!



  • 2 small sweet potatoes (1 1/2 cup diced)
  • 4 large pieces peeled yuca,
  • for this recipe I used peeled, raw frozen yuca (2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (sub coconut milk for AIP)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 lb organic ground ground beef
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 4 small carrots
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp Great Lakes Beef Gelatin (red can)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp toasted coriander (optional, omit AIP)
  • 5 slices bacon (sugar free, nightshade free)
  • 3 tbsp ground hazelnuts (optional, omit AIP)
  • 3 tbsp cooking fat
  • 2 teaspoons fine salt
  • You’ll need a large stock pot, large skillet, high speed blender & a medium sized casserole dish (oven safe).


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F
  2. In a large pot place sweet potatoes and yuca, add in 1 garlic clove, cover with water. Sprinkle some salt in the pot, cook on high, bring to a boil and cook until yuca and sweet potato are fork tender.
  3. In the meantime…Small dice your onion, 3 garlic cloves, celery & carrots. Measure out seasonings and cut up 2 slices of bacon.
  4. In a large skillet, heat 3 tbsp cooking fat (I used olive oil), reduce heat to medium-high, add in onion, carrot, celery and bay leaves. Cook, stirring often until translucent, approx 8 minutes.
  5. Add in ground beef, breaking up with a spatula, add in seasoning. Stir often, until meat is browned.
  6. Add in water, and beef gelatin, mix well and bring to a rapid boil, keep stirring until well incorporated.
  7. Taste for salt, adjust. Pour ground beef mixture into casserole dish.
  8. In the same skillet, now cook 3 slices of bacon until crispy. Set aside. Save fat.
  9. By now, the root veggies should be done.
  10. Drain the water & carefully transfer to a standing mixer or blender.
  11. Add in a pinch of salt, almond milk or coconut milk & a teaspoon bacon fat from skillet.
  12. Blend until smooth. You will need to use a spatula to push it down a few times.
  13. Pour mash over ground turkey mix in long rows in the casserole dish over the meat.
  14. Use a spatula to smooth it out.
  15. Chop bacon into small bits. Sprinkle mash with ground hazelnut & crispy bacon bits.
  16. Bake for 25 minutes at 350F.
  17. Then hit it with the broiler for 5 minutes.
  18. Let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 recipe

Keywords: paleo cottage pie