Anne makes this when we are short of time and long on hunger. It's really quick and easy and lasts us for 2 days. A good strong cheese makes all the difference to this simple recipe.

Shepherd's pie (cheat)
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:799
Ready in:55 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:40 minutes
Recipe author:Chef
First published:20th January 2013

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Mise en place

  • Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F - gas 4)


I know Delia Smith would have us use frozen mash potatoes for a Cheat's Recipe, but I really can't bring myself to buy frozen mash, so...

  1. Boil the potatoes for about 20 minutes, mash with the butter, seasoning and a dash of milk or cream.
  2. Meanwhile, fry the onions and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the mince and fry for a 3 or 4 minutes.
  4. Add the onions and mince to a large oven proof casserole dish. You can of course do the frying in that too if it is suitable.
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes, baked beans, mixed herbs and stir well. Sprinkle the gravy granules or stock cube over the mixture, add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and give it one final mix.
  6. Carefully layer the mashed potato on the top and using a fork, create plenty of peaks so they brown and crisp during the baking.
  7. Top with grated cheese and bake for 20 minutes until the top is golden-brown.

Serving suggestions

Serve with peas.

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