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Shepherd's Pie

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Shepherd's Pie (post #71602)


Shepherd's Pie    

Recipe Type: Entree, Main
Prep time: 40 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
Serves: 8

  • 2 1/2 pounds (1 kg + 130 g) Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into bigger pieces
  • 8 garlic gloves, peeled
  • 1 cup (240 ml) whole milk, heated
  • 6 tablespoons (85 g) butter, unsalted
  • salt, to taste
  •  2 pounds (1 kg) organic ground lamb (or beef)
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 7 ounces (200 g) frozen peas
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups (480-500 ml) beef broth (I used organic chicken base)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
  1. Preheat you oven to 425 F (220 C). Butter a 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Place potatoes and garlic in a bigger pot. Cover with water.
  3. Bring to a boil, add some salt and cook until the potatoes are cooked, about 30 minutes.
  4. Drain the water and add the butter. Let it melt.
  5. Mash potatoes with the milk. Season with salt to your liking. Set aside.
  6.  Heat a larger pan over medium heat and cook the bacon until browned and crisp. Transfer the bacon, without the drippings to a plate. Set aside. Leave about 2 Tablespoons of bacon drippings in the pan. Remove the rest.
  7. Add onions to the pan and cook for a few minutes. Add the carrots and cook both veggies for about 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan and set aside.
  8. Add ground lamb to the pan and cook on medium high heat until done, stirring occasionally.
  9. Return the onions and carrots to the pan and sprinkle with the flour. Stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  10. Stir in the peas, Worcestershire sauce, beef broth and tomato paste. Scraping up browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  11. Simmer on low heat until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  12. Spoon lamb mixture in prepared baking dish. Spread mashed potatoes on top, evenly. Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until edges are bubbly and topping is lightly browned.
  13. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for another 10 minutes.
  14. Let rest for a few minutes before serving.
ICDOCEAN1's picture

Shepherd's Pie (post #71602, reply #1 of 4)

I recently came upon a recipe for Shepherd's Pie that has a sweet potato topping rather than other potatoes mentioned in so many recipes.  It is delicious and with the addition of goat cheese, nutmeg etc. goes nicely with the lamb filling.  I was quite successful fooling my husband the non lamb eater, to this day he doesn't know that I use lamb.

Beautiful photo

GoodFoodGoodTimes's picture

hahaha, are you ever going to (post #71602, reply #3 of 4)

hahaha, are you ever going to reveal your secret to him?

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

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ICDOCEAN1's picture

haha...Never (post #71602, reply #4 of 4)

Not a chance as a matter of fact I have a a new burger surprise for him as soon as I grind pork.

rickymartin's picture

  It's quite good recipe (post #71602, reply #2 of 4)


It's quite good recipe it's only take 1 hour 10 min. For having such a amazing recipe in very short time.
I'll try to make shepherd's Pie thanks for your post.