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Traditional English Recipe - Shepherd's Pie
Traditional Shepherd's Pie
No shepherds were harmed in the making of this pie.
1lb (450g) Minced lamb
3lb (1.3kg) potatoes for mashing
1 large or 2 small onion(s)
2 tbsp flour
2 cups Lamb Stock (Alternatively, beef stock can be used or gravy powder if the flour is omitted)
Cheese, grated (optional)
A handful of mixed vegetables such as peas, sweetcorn or carrots (optional)
Mixed herbs to taste
- Brown the mince in a frying pan. There is no need to add oil, as the meat is fatty enough.
- Finely chop the onion and lightly fry in a little butter until clear.
- Add the onions to the mince along with the mixed herbs and some pepper.
- Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir and cook for 3 - 4 minutes (If using gravy powder, omit this step).
- Cover with lamb stock (or add water and beef stock/gravy powder) and simmer for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile peel, chop and boil the potatoes for 20 mins until cooked.
- Once the meat is cooked, skim off the excess fat then boil rapidly to reduce the liquid until it just covers the mince and onions.
- Drain the potatoes very well until completely dry. Mash with a masher until smooth and free of any lumps.
- Add butter to the mashed potato, taste and adjust the seasoning. Add enough milk to make the mash very soft (heavy mash will not float properly on top of the mince).
- Put mince mixture in a shallow ovenproof dish.
- Spread the mash on top of the meat and brush the tops of the potatoes with melted butter.
- if desired, sprinkle the grated cheese on top of the mash.
- Create a pattern on the mash with a fork then cook in a hot oven for about 30-50 minutes until the top is golden brown.