Shepherds Pie

Shepherds Pie

best Shepherds Pie recipe

best Shepherds Pie recipe

Shepherds Pie

Recipe Type: Entree

Cuisine: British

Author: Caroline Artiss

Prep time: 50 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Total time: 1 hour 20 mins

Serves: 4

Shepherds Pie is definitely a classic comfort dish to me, and also one of my Dad's favorites.

Ingredients

  • Meat filling:
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 2 tbsp bisto gravy granules
  • 1 brown onion chopped into cubes
  • 2 large carrots chopped into cubes
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

 

  • Potato topping:
  • 900g potatoes peeled and cut into quarters
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • large pinch salt
  • Grated cheese for cooking

 

  • Equipment:
  • 2 large saucepans
  • 1 baking dish 20cm x 30cm
  • potato masher

Instructions

  1. There are 2 stages to making this dish. Start by making the meat filling as this is better if it has a longer time to cook and simmer.
  2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan
  3. Add the onion and cook for a minute until soft
  4. Add the minced lamb and cook until brown
  5. Add the carrots, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, and stock
  6. Bring to the boil and then turn down to simmer for 30 – 40 minutes
  7. Just before it’s ready you can sprinkle in the gravy granules to thicken the sauce up
  8. If you like lot’s of sauce you can add a little more beef stock.
  9. While the meat is cooking you can make your mashed potato topping
  10. Simply add the potatoes to a large sauce pan, top with water and a large pinch of salt
  11. Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer until the potatoes are cooked
  12. Approx. 15 – 20 minutes
  13. Once the potatoes are soft all the way through they are done
  14. Drain the potatoes, shaking out as much excess water as possible
  15. I like to put the drained potatoes back into the pan and onto the heat for 30 secs to evaporate any excess water, making a firmer and non watery mash
  16. Using a potato masher, mash those potatoes until no lumps are left
  17. Add the butter and milk, plus an extra pinch of salt
  18. Mash everything together
  19. Preheat oven temp 190c / Gas 5 / 375f
  20. Using an oven proof dish, pour the meat filling in
  21. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top using a fork to flatten everything don and fill up any gaps
  22. Sprinkle with cheese and pop into a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese on top is golden and bubbling
  23. Serve with peas and veggies and enjoy!
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