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Traditional English Shepherd’s Pie

The best way to make an English Shepherd’s Pie, is to use an old traditional recipe.

Shepherd’s Pie is made from lamb, which many people do not realize. And has been around for about 150 years or more.

When made from beef, it is called Cottage Pie.

Enjoy your Shepherd’s Pie with a large serving of cooked green beans or peas, together with a glass of medium red wine.

Traditional English Shepherd's Pie
  • 1 lb. of minced lamb
  • 1 lb. of chopped tomatoes
  • 3 lbs. of old potatoes
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 large diced carrot
  • 1 clove of crushed garlic
  • 3 tablespoon of tomato pure
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of corn flour
  • 1 crushed lamb or beef stock cube
  • 1 pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 small stick of butter
  • 1¼ of a cup of cold milk
  1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottomed frying pan (on a medium flame) together with the carrot, garlic, and onion. Cook until soft, while stirring frequently. Add the minced lamb together with the crushed stock cube, and cook until the lamb has a brown texture to it. Add the chopped tomatoes, together with the tomato pure and corn flour. Leave to simmer (on a low flame) for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and boil them for about 20 minutes until soft. Mash the potatoes together with the salt, pepper, milk and butter, until fluffy.
  3. Put the cooked minced lamb into a 3 inch glass Pyrex cooking dish, and top with the mashed potato. Use the back of a fork to smooth the mashed potato, and create a dimpled affect to it.
  4. Place the dish under a hot grill until the potato is brown and crispy. At this stage, the potato may be lightly topped with grated cheese if required.