Shepherd’s pie

Last night I fancied something comforting and tasty, so I decided on a shepherd’s pie. Alberto was working late so I figured that it could easily be re-heated too. It’s fairly easy to make, however I do always find it tricky to lay the potato on top of the mince mixture. It requires a steady hand to manage it without drowning the potato in the sauce. It’s worth the effort though.

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 large red onions, finely chopped

2 carrots, peeled and sliced

2 cloves of garlic, finely sliced

500g minced lamb

1 tablespoon of plain flour

2 large bay leaves

4 sprigs fresh thyme

1 tablespoon of  Worcester sauce

2 tablespoons of tomato puree

450ml of lamb stock

1 tablespoon of chopped, fresh mint leaves

salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the mash:

3-4 medium-sized baking potatoes

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 large knobs of butter

2-3 tablespoons of grated Gran Padano


In a large saucepan heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook over a medium heat for five minutes.

Add the lamb mince, stirring well to ensure that the mince is browned all over. Break up any lumps with the back of a wooden spoon.

Stir in the carrots and fry for a further 4-5 minutes.

Stir and add the flour to thicken the juices, add the tomato puree and stir. Mix well and add the bay leaves, thyme, mint and the Worcester sauce and stir.

Add the the stock and stir to mix well.

Bring the mixture to the boil, adding a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200.

For the mash, boil the potatoes, then drain them. Add the milk and olive oil and mash together. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Pour the meat and sauce into an ovenproof dish and spread the mash on top so that it covers the surface.

Sprinkle the Gran Padano over the top and cook  for 20-25 minutes until the surface is bubbling and golden brown.

Absolutely delicious and very comforting in these autumnal days. Served with steamed, buttered, kale.





About neilche

Hi. My name's Neil. I live in Brighton with my flatmate (also Neil) and I work as a Librarian at a local college. I like cooking, eating and socialising with friends. Which is what prompted me to start this blog. I cycle everywhere around town - it helps to work off the calories!
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