Celery Root Shepard’s Pie with Mushrooms

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Celery Root Shepards Pie_

When March rolls into town, I always feel a huge sense of relief that Winter is on its last leg.It’s like the light at the end of a long, cold, unpleasant tunnel and it makes me anticipate all of the wonderful things about Spring.

Spring certainly is on the horizon, but it’s not here yet. Even though the warmer temperatures do give a glimmer of hope to a dreary winter, March weather can be pretty wet and cloudy. 

And that means that cozy foods are still totally appropriate.


Pretty vegetables get all of the attention, but in the produce isle and in life, looks aren’t everything. 

The celery root is a humble veggie if there ever was one. Celery root is also known as celeriac, and is the root bulb of the celery stalk that we all know and love. It has just a slight celery flavor, but cooks up very similar to a potato. 

Not that I have anything against potatoes, but sometimes it’s nice to switch up the usual and introduce new produce to the diet. 

 thyme mushrooms

Traditionally, Shepard’s pie is made with lamb, while cottage pie is made with beef. 

I’ll admit I did not know this fact before I researched Shepard’s pie. Either way, this version of Shepard’s pie is totally delicious if you ask me 🙂 

wine pour

I had some grass fed stew meat waiting patiently in the freezer, so that’s what I went with. You can absolutely use lamb and keep it a little more traditional if you prefer! 

If you can, try to make the stew the day before you make the pie itself. A stew is one of those foods that gets better every day you have it. All those flavor friends really have time to mingle and get even better with time. 

The wine in this dish adds a rich flavor, but is also optional. Just replace with extra beef broth if you prefer!    

Celery Root Shepards Pie Serve_

Oh! And about that gruyere.  

New favorite thing in life. I still have to approach dairy cautiously (because of personal health reasons) but this wedge did not last long in the fridge. I’m feeling nostalgic for it already. 

Celery Root Shepards Pie 2

I’m more than ready for Spring and all of the fresh flavors it will bring along with it. But as long as it’s still sweater weather and I’m having to use my umbrella way more often than I’d like to, I’ll be busy making things taste cozy.


 There are a few benefits to cold weather, and this dinner is definitely one of them. 

Adapted from Williams Sonoma.



Hang in there, Spring is just around the corner!  



6 responses to “Celery Root Shepard’s Pie with Mushrooms”

  1. Hi Allyson!

    I’m a HUGE fan of shepherd’s pie and this looks great. Just have to say I love your website, the recipes you make are so beautiful and unique! I am going to try this out very soon, hopefully I can find some celery root at the farmer’s market tomorrow 🙂 I’ll drop back and let you know how it was! Thanks for what you do!

    Amber of http://healthlightbalance.com

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