Signature Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie is a traditional working class English recipe. I like to cook my signature shepherd's pie when cooking for my nieces back home, it bonds us together. This is is also a great meal to cook at home and transport somewhere to reheat, although the logistics of moving it can be what we call back home "a bit of a bugger". This recipe will feed at least 6 normal sized humans.

Enjoy this dish with songs, ballads and verse from the industrial north west of England.

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Ingredients for The Filling:

Olive Oil (2 Tbsp)
Ground Lamb or Beef (about 750g)
1 Large Carrot (grated)
1 Large Onion (grated)
Fresh Rosemary
Fresh Thyme
Minced Garlic (I used 4 cloves)
Worcestershire Sauce (several splashes)
Tomato Puree or Paste (no more than a small can)
Red Wine (several glugs)
Chicken Stock (1/4 cup)

Ingredients for The Mash:

Golden Potatoes (about 750g)
Heavy Cream ( 1/4 cup)
Butter (3 1/2 Tbsp)
Egg Yolks (2)
Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup)

Prep Work:

Dice the garlic

Separate your herbs from the stems
Separate your Egg Yolks
Peel and Slice your potatoes into even pieces
Open your wine if it’s not already opened
Open your can of Tomato Paste

Cooking the Potatoes:
This part is easy! Just boil some water, throw some salt and your potatoes in, and set a timer for 15 minutes – start on your filling.  Upon the timer going off, take your potatoes out and strain the water off. Put potatoes back into the pan, or into a medium mixing bowl. Mash the potatoes with their ingredients from above and keep warm (your filling should be about done by this point)

Cooking the Filling:
Pour Olive Oil into a hot, rather large pan, then add meat. Stir meat as if your life depends on it for a few minutes so it’s nice and brown, and broken into very small pieces. Add your Rosemary, Thyme, and Garlic, then stir some more. Quickly add your Carrot, and Onion, stir a little longer. The idea at this point is to get everything to a minced consistency.

Add Worcestershire Sauce, stir, add Tomato Puree, stir, add Red Wine and sweat down for a minute or two. Add chicken stock and cook for 3 more minutes. I made mine without the stock because I didn’t notice it the first time I watched the show. You can add it, or leave it out.I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.

Final Instructions:
Scoop your meat mixture into a deep casserole or other oven safe dish and then spoon the mash over the top. Spread the mash over the top of the mix with the bottom of the spoon and then sprinkle a generous portion of Parmesan cheese over the top. Poke the top with a fork several times to give it a peaked look and stick it in the oven at 200 degrees (c) for 18-20 minutes to brown the potatoes and set the pie. 


It's now vital that you spell out your surname as shown in my picture. Boil some frozen peas and use them to spell out your surname with them on top of the mash before presenting the pie. Check the spelling with your mum.


Congratulations. You just made your signature shepherd's pie. Don't blame me if it's so delicious that people insist on you making it every time you come round.


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