How to Make Perfect Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

For the Meat Mixture:

  • Ground lamb: 2 pounds (1kg)
  • Onion: 1 large, chopped
  • Garlic cloves: 3, crushed
  • Olive oil: 3 tbsp
  • Flour: 4 tbsp (30g)
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper: 1/2 tsp
  • Rosemary: 1 tsp, chopped
  • Thyme: 1 tsp, chopped
  • Tomato paste: 1 tbsp
  • Beef broth: 2 cups
  • Carrots: 7oz (200g), chopped
  • Peas: 7oz (200g), fresh or frozen

For the Puree:

  • Potatoes: 3.5 pounds (1.5kg), peeled and cut into quarters
  • Butter: 1 tbsp
  • Milk: 1/2 cup (120ml)
  • Cheddar cheese: 1/4 cup (25g), grated
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper: 1/2 tsp
  • Egg yolk: 1

Directions

Step 1: Preparing the Potatoes

  1. Peeling and Boiling: Peel the potatoes and cut them into quarters. Place them in a medium pot and cover with cold water. Add a teaspoon of salt, cover, and set over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15-20 minutes.

Step 2: Cooking the Meat Mixture

  1. Sautéing the Vegetables: While the potatoes are cooking, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add the crushed garlic and chopped carrots, and continue to sauté until the carrots are tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Cooking the Lamb: Add the ground lamb to the pan. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  3. Seasoning and Thickening: Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, 1 teaspoon of chopped rosemary, and 1 teaspoon of chopped thyme. Stir in 1 tablespoon of tomato paste and 4 tablespoons of flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Adding Liquids and Peas: Gradually add 2 cups of beef broth, stirring continuously. Add the peas. Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.

Step 3: Preparing the Mashed Potatoes

  1. Mashing the Potatoes: Once the potatoes are tender, drain them and transfer to a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of butter, 1/2 cup of milk, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper. Mash until smooth. Stir in 1/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese until well combined.

Step 4: Assembling the Shepherd’s Pie

  1. Layering the Dish: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Layer the meat mixture in a 13″x8.5″ (33x22cm) ovenproof dish. Spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the meat mixture, ensuring it reaches the edges to create a seal and prevent the mixture from bubbling over.
  2. Baking: Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the mashed potatoes are golden brown and the filling is bubbling.

Step 5: Serving

  1. Cooling and Serving: Allow the Shepherd’s Pie to cool for a few minutes before serving. This helps the layers set and makes it easier to serve.

Conclusion

This Shepherd’s Pie is a hearty and comforting dish, perfect for a family meal. The combination of flavorful ground lamb, tender vegetables, and creamy mashed potatoes makes this recipe a favorite. Enjoy the rich, savory flavors and the satisfying textures of this classic dish. Serve hot and enjoy with your loved ones!

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