Shepherds pie

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Shepherds pie
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:884
Ready in:1 hour
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:50 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:22nd January 2013

Best recipe review

Such a classic dish


Just as Mum made, every week when I was a kid.

Paul R Smith

The ingredients (less mash)


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Mise en place

  • Preheat the oven to 175°C (350°F - gas 4)


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pan, season the mince and brown on a high heat for 3 minutes - I find a large wok good for this as it seems to be easier to get very hot for reducing liquids
  2. Add the grated onion, grated carrot and the garlic and fry for a few more minutes
  3. Add the herbs, Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree and mix well
  4. Turn the heat up and add the red wine, stirring well until the wine reduces
  5. Add the chicken stock reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes
  6. If you prefer a thick gravy, mix two teaspoons of cornflour and a little cold water and stir this into the mix now
  7. If using other vegetables that don't need to much cooking, like the peppers and beans add then now
  8. Boil the potatoes until cooked (about 17 minutes)
  9. Drain well and return to the hot pan for a few minutes to dry out
  10. Mash, using a potato ricer if you like your mash really smooth
  11. Whisk the egg yolks with 2 tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and mix into the mash with half of the butter, season to taste
  12. Pour the mince into a large ovenproof dish
  13. Add the mash topping a spoonful at a time
  14. Fluff the mash with a fork and grate a little more Parmesan and maybe some Cheddar over the top.
  15. Dot the remaining butter evenly over the top.
  16. Bake for 20 minutes
  17. If you like the top really crispy, finish by browning under a grill

Serving suggestions

Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with minty peas.

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