Every month Book of Yum hosts the event, Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger. This month I adopted Wendy from Celiacs In The House. I was looking through Wendy’s blog for a recipe for dinner and came across A Spicy New Twist on Gluten Free Sheppard’s Pie. Of course when I see the words spicy and twist you know I’m interested.
I had to make just a few changes according to what I had on hand. Her recipe calls for ground beef but I only had cooked chicken so I changed the stock from beef to chicken. The great thing about this recipe is the flavor foundations are so great you can switch out the beef and still have amazing taste.
It was really easy to pull together, not a lot of clean up and it made two dishes. But of course no matter how easy something is to make it has to taste good. When I told Scott we were having sheppard’s pie he gave me that look. You know the one that says I wish you would have said we were eating something else. I served it up and we sat down to eat. I don’t think I’ve seen him clear his plate so fast. He even went back for seconds. It was a big hit. The chickpeas are a great addition and the cumin added a lot of depth in flavor.
I”m glad this made two of my casserole dishes because one is going into the freezer so I have a ready made meal. The other one is empty, we ate all of it. Thank you Wendy!
This was shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Gluten Free Wednesdays and Real Food Wednesdays.
Hey, Diane. You're welcome and as always you've added another recipe for me to try. It really started with the McCormick recipe that I adapted to fit my kids' tastes and now you've taken it in another tasty direction.
Wendy I'll have to go back and try it with the ground beef when I get to the store. Too much darn snow here. The chicken worked great. I'm not sure if the smoked spices made any difference from the non-smoked spices but I loved the flavor with smoked. I think we could keep playing with this recipe for a long time. Thank you for getting that started.
Oooh, you know how I love chickpeas! In Shepherd's Pie? With cumin? I'm totally game. I was wondering how I missed that, but then I realized it was a post when I was away. Thank goodness you shared it here Diane. Love this and love Wendy, too! Oh, and it's always so much fun when the doubting Thomases end up cleaning their plates and going back for seconds, isn't it? 😉
Nice job, Diane! xo,
Shirley I know what you mean. We have a lot of doubting Thomas moments in this house. You'll really love this meal. It's great comfort food that's also good for you!
Hi Diane, what a surprise. I fell in love with this recipe and plan to make it this weekend. I have to
decrease the spices tho. You're much spicier than me.
Hi Mom! It's so cool you're leaving a comment here. Yeah I've always been a little extra spicy. You always have great adaptations to recipes according to what you have on hand so I can't wait to hear what your meals ends up being from this recipe. Love you!
Yum! I love the description of your husband’s reaction! I occasionally get that from my son until I threaten to make him cook, and then that funny look disappears.
Megan glad to hear I'm not the only one who gets that look. It's fun to wipe it off their faces. I'm not even sure they're aware they do it.
That looks gorgeous Diane! I remember seeing tha recipe on Wendy's blog and thinking how good it sounded!
Alisa it's worth making for sure!
I haven't made a shepherd's pie in a while. This sounds great. I'll have to remember that it works well with chicken too–another way to use leftover chicken.
Linda we can never have enough recipes to use leftover cooked chicken.
You and I are kindred spirits with the spicy and twisted stuff! I'm off to check this out now.