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Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is a classic Irish mince pie, cooked with veggies and topped with creamy mashed potato.


The last time I made shepherd’s pie, I ended up with cottage pie since beef mince was used and that’s an English dish. Today l made with lamb mince, and with a long weekend ahead,brunch was Shepherd’s pie. Turned out absolutely fantastic and delightfully delicious:)

A very simple dish to make, in one pan and super easy . In today’s recipe, I have used goat cheese as my twist. You can totally skip this step. Also adding egg yolk to the mash is not a must. I do it because it adds an even more creamy texture. This dish is perfect when sharing with family or friends. And mind you, its quite filling!!


Here is a step by step recipe with pictures for easy understanding


Ingredients (4 persons)



400gm lamb mince

1 carrot 🥕 peeled, diced in small pieces

3TB frozen peas

1 medium onion chopped

3-4 garlic cloves grated

1TB chopped fresh rosemary (or 1/2TB dried)

1TB chopped fresh thyme (or 1/2TB dried)

1TB chopped fresh parsley (or 1/2TB dried)

2TB tomato paste

Sea salt as per taste

1TB Worcestershire sauce

1TB flour

2TB olive oil

40gm grated goat cheese (optional)


Topping ingredients

2 medium potatoes, peeled and steamed

2 egg yolks

2TB shredded Parmesan cheese

Salt as per taste

1/2 tsp garlic powder

10gm unsalted butter


Method

1 - In a heavy skillet, add olive oil. Immediately add chopped onions and let it turn soft.

2 - Tip in the mince, break it using back of a spatula.

3 - Add garlic, salt and fry until the mince and onions start to release water.

4 - Add carrot, peas and chopped herbs, mix. Cook for 2-3 mins.

5 - Now add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and mix. Cover and cook for 10min.

6 - Add flour and mix until you see all the water absorbed (2-3min). Turn off the heat.


Preparing mash potato

1 - If you don’t have a masher, using back of a fork, break all steamed potatoes to a fine texture.

2 - Add egg yolks and mix.

3 - Season with salt and garlic powder.

4 - Add butter and Parmesan cheese. Mix well until creamy.


Assembling (preheat gas oven to 200C)

1 - in a deep baking dish, add all the cooked mince in an even layer



2 - add goat cheese and layer it evenly (optional)



3 - spoon dollops of mash potato and spread it evenly, covering all covers. You may want to moisten back of spoon and spread the mash evenly

4 - using a fork, score the top lightly. Not very deep scoring


5 - garnish with some Parmesan cheese




6 - Bake in preheated oven for 35-40mins in middle rack or until the top starts to brown

*if using electric oven, reduce baking time*



Shepherd’s Pie is ready to be served.


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