I have been going through serious Game of Thrones withdrawal. Yes, I understand that it hasn't even been two weeks. But, what am I supposed to watch for a whole year!? Maybe GRRM will actually finish the next book... HAH. Just kidding... If you haven't read the books or watched the show: I'm sorry. You are seriously missing out. I am one of those huge nerds that has read every book... some more than once. Every time I think that there isn't a way the series could get better, it just does.
It may be summer for us, but in Westeros, winter has finally come. And winter obviously means meat pie. I was inspired by Arya's bada$$-ness getting revenge for the Red Wedding in the season 6 finale. But, I promise this pie is much more appetizing than the one served to Walder Frey! :) Complete with grass fed ground beef, vegetables, and the sigil of House Stark, this gluten and grain-free dish is sure to satisfy even your hungriest (and pickiest) of dinner guests.
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(makes 6 servings, 20 min prep, 30-35 min cook)
Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs grass fed ground beef, 1 shallot, 5 cloves garlic, 1 Tbs finely chopped rosemary, 2 tsp finely chopped thyme, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp crushed black pepper, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1 small golden beet, 2 rainbow carrots, 1/2 head cauliflower, 1 cup shredded dinosaur kale, 1/2 cup bone broth or beef stock, 2 1/2 tsp sea salt, 3 cups almond flour, 1 cup tapioca flour, 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk, 5 tablespoons melted ghee or grassed butter, 2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds, coconut oil.
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Finely dice 1 shallot and 5 cloves garlic. Add with 1 tablespoon ghee or grass fed butter to a large pan over medium heat.
- Allow the shallots and garlic to sweat then add 1 1/2 lbs ground beef to brown.
- Wash and dice 1 small golden beet, 2 rainbow carrots, 1/2 head cauliflower, and 1 cup shredded kale. (If you aren't a fan of any of these ingredients feel free to swap them out for other vegetables like collard greens, mushrooms, etc.) Add the vegetables to the large pan with 1/2 cup bone broth or beef stock.
- Add 1 Tbs finely chopped rosemary, 2 tsp finely chopped thyme, 1 tsp crushed black pepper, 1 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, and 1 1/2 tsp sea salt (or to taste) to the pan. Stir until ingredients are well mixed and allow to simmer until the vegetables begin to soften. (Keep an eye on the pan. To prevent burning, if it begins to dry out, add a bit more bone broth/stock.)
- While the filling is simmering, prepare your dough. Combine 3 cups almond flour, 1 cup tapioca flour, 3 eggs + 1 egg yolk, 5 tablespoons melted ghee or grassed butter, 2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds, and 1 teaspoon sea salt in a medium mixing bowl. (These flours are very subject to humidity. If your dough seems really wet, add a bit more flour.)
- Lightly line your pie pan with coconut oil and a sprinkle of tapioca flour so that the batter does not stick. Using your hands, line the pan with a thin layer of the dough, saving some for the top (about 1/3).
- Place the filling in the pan and then top with the remaining dough. You can dust your counters with a bit of tapioca flour and simply roll the dough out or cut it into shapes to make a design like I did. (And make sure wash your hands after handling the raw dough.)
- Cook in the oven for about 30-35 minutes or until the dough begins to brown.
- Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, serve, and feast away!
Turmeric and phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), a naturally occurring substance in cauliflower, both have been shown to have protective effects against cancer. In combination, however, their preventative effects are compounded and have been shown to significantly slow the growth of many types of cancer, especially prostate cancer. Additionally, beef, kale, and rosemary are all significant sources of iron, an important component of hemoglobin in red blood cells, which helps carry oxygen throughout the body via the bloodstream. That makes this dish wonderful for individuals who are anemic and athletes, alike.
<< Did you know? >> Rosemary is actually a member of the mint family.