Mini Low Carb Shepherd's Pot Pie made in a muffin pan for perfectly portioned servings!
With a fabulously flaky crust, filled with a scrumptious ground beef filling and topped with a buttery mashed cauliflower these little shepherd's pot pies will be a complete meal. Easy to make ahead and heat up for easy lunches as well!
Once I made my low carb coconut flour pie crust, I've been creating recipes all around it. It's such an amazing crust that really resembles a traditional white flour pie crust.
I've used it for sweet pies, like my Lemon Cream pie as well as savory pies like my Cheesy Italian sausage Quiche.
You could easily make this recipe in a standard pie plate and forgo having a bottom crust all together if you're just feeling a bit lazy.
Some days I get that way as well, but the little extra effort for the bottom crust is worth every delicious bite when you're family doesn't complain about eating cauliflower.
I've also enjoyed these left over for lunch the next day. I simply just reheat in the microwave for about a minute. You could just reheat in a toaster oven as well for about 5-8 minutes.
One is sufficient with a side salad but at just 4 crabs per serving, you could enjoy more than one if you so desire.
My hubby and kids really loved these. The oldest teen wasn't crazy about the cauliflower, he'd rather have mashed potato, but otherwise he ate these anyway. For a 15 year old who's eating me out of the house and who prefers not to cook anything himself, he shouldn't be complaining one bit.
Here's my little video to show how easy these are!
- You can use any pie dough you want, but the nutrition info is calculated with my coconut flour pie crust.
- You can switch out ground beef for ground turkey or chicken if you like.
- I have a brand new non stick muffin pan, and once cooled for about 15 minutes, these popped right out using a knife to loosen around the edges. If you don't have a new muffin pan, try using silicone muffin cups so these won't stick.
Mini Low Carb Shepherd's Pot Pie
- Low Carb Coconut Flour Pie Crust
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 ½ lb. ground beef
- ¼ cup low sodium beef broth
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups pureed cauliflower I steamed 1 small head, florets were about 4 cups total
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoon butter
- optional topping: fresh chopped parsley and dried paprika
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Once your pie dough is ready, separate it into 12 balls.
- Spread the dough with fingers on the bottom and half way up sides of each cup of 12 capacity muffin pan.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside.
- While crust is baking, make filling by heating the oil, garlic and onion in a skillet until onion is softened.
- Add the ground beef and cook until browned.
- Stir in the broth, tomato paste, vinegar and salt and pepper.
- Once the pie crust is done, evenly add the meat mixture into each muffin cup.
- Top each evenly with shredded cheddar.
- Before piping the pureed cauliflower onto each muffin cup, stir the mashed cauliflower with salt, pepper and butter. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
- Add mashed cauliflower to a piping bag and pipe over each muffin.
- Bake for 5 more minutes to melt the cheddar cheese.
- You can also broil for 2-3 minutes, watching carefully, just to brown the mashed cauliflower a bit.
- Sprinkle over optional toppings before serving if desired.
This all looks delicious, but I'm confused.
First it says that you're filling them with a ground beef mixture, but then it says that each one contains 4 crabs. Now, crab in this does sound delightful, but I don't think you could fit 4 of them in each muffin tin! 🙂
Its not a shepherd pie. Shepherds pie is made with lamb because that is what a shepherd takes care of. This is a COTTAGE pie!
This is cottage pot pie not shepherd’s. Shepherd’s is made with lamb not beef. look good though.
Made this tonight, flavor was outstanding! I had trouble getting them out of the muffin pan without a couple falling apart. They were a beautiful site at dinner and for once what I made actually looked like the picture in the recipe!
Horray so glad you liked the recipe!
The net carbs does NOT include the crust, correct?
Thanks so much!
Kate | HappyForks.com
Really clever idea with individual servings. I've never thought Shepherd's pie could be a party food! Do you think wonton wrappers or circles cut out from tortillas would be a good replacement for pastry pie crust? I am thinking of some lighter modification.
Right maybe a low carb tortilla would work to lower the calories a bit.
I would not freeze the cooked cauliflower cause it does get mushy ad very strong tasting. I would maybe make a day or two and then warm up but frozen cook cauliflower is Yucky
Can they be frozen and if so for how long. Looks like a great recipe and I hope to try it soon. Thank you for all your good work.
Hi Eileen that's a good question and I haven't tried freezing them since we've eaten them pretty quickly. But I do think they would freeze fine, maybe just assemble and wait to bake until ready to eat for dinner.
How many is equal to one serving that matches your nutrition facts (1, 2, etc,?)
Nutrition info is for one mini pot pie.