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Shepherd's Pie

Cowbridge Kitchen

If you want something simple to feed the whole Family then this Traditional Farmhouse Shepherd's Pie is the perfect choice, packed full of vegetables in a rich gravy.

Shepherd's Pie is made with minced Lamb, and vegetables cooked in a rich gravy. The pie is then topped with mashed potato and baked in the oven.

Shepherd's Pie is often confused with a Cottage Pie but they are very different in that a Cottage Pie is made with minced Beef and a Shepherd's Pie is made with minced Lamb. They are both made to use up leftovers and are both firm family favoutites.

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This recipe takes about 1hr 20 minutes to make
25 mins Prep time
55 mins Cooking time
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Nutritional Facts
This is based on 1 serving
467g serving

Calories: 693
Protein: 34g
Fat: 40g
Carbohydrates: 51g
Fiber: 6.7g
Sugar: 8.3g
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This recipe will serve 4 people Table for Two Servings
Medium: This recipe is a bit tricky
Anybody can have a go at this recipe, but some skill is needed
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This recipe is expensive due to the cost of Lamb, you could always mince your own Lamb or use leftovers.

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Cost to make:
£9.73 / $12.32 (Est.)

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Meat Mincer, Flat Cast Iron Pan

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    How to make Shepherd's Pie

    Shepherd's pie is similar to cottage Pie in that both dishes are made from ground up or minced meat. The main difference in a Shepherds pie is that it is made with minced Lamb, whereas a cottage Pie is made with minced beef.

    Another interesting fact is that the spelling of Shepherd's pie, for some reason is grammatically incorrect, I can only assume that there is an apostrophe to indicate that there are no Shepherds in it ?

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    500 g Minced Lamb
    1 onion (Diced)
    3 Large Carrots (Diced)
    300 g Peas
    1/2 tsp Garlic (Lazy)
    3 Beef Stock Cubes
    1 tsp Dry Mint
    1 tsp Paprika
    1/4 tsp Black Pepper
    10 g flour
    300 ml hot water
    200 g Grated Cheese
    1.5 kg Potatoes (Smashed)
    50 g Of salted butter
    Salt for Seasoning

    Cooking Instructions

    1. The most time consuming part of this recipe is the preparation, which should take you about 25 minutes to complete. First thing to do is prep your veg. So slice and dice your Brown onion and mix it with the Garlic. Then Prep your Carrots by peeling them, slicing them into strips and dicing into small cubes.
    2. You are going to need 350 g of peas, I have used frozen peas for this recipe.
    3. With your veg prep set aside you need to peel around about 1 Kilo of potatoes, get them cut into halves and in a pan of salted water.
    4. Finally make up the flavour for the pie by combining the Flour, Stock Cubes, Paprika, Dry Mint & Pepper into a small bowl.
    5. Using a large Flat Cast Iron oven dish, heat up a splash of oil then gently fry off your onions and garlic, when this has been cooking for a few minutes you can add the minced Lamb straight into the pan and chop it up using a wooden spoon. Get it all mixed together so that it cooks evenly for about 8 - 10 minutes.
    6. Add the Carrots & Peas.
    7. Mix in the flavour that you made earlier and allow to cook for a few minutes while you mix it in with your spoon then add your boiling water and mix into a thick sauce.
    8. Meanwhile bring your Potatoes to a boil then cook them for about 10 - 15 minutes. You don't want them soft enough to mash you are just aiming to get them part cooked so you can smash them with a potato masher.
    9. Once the spuds are cooked, drain them in a colander. Return them to the pan with 50 g of butter. Coat them evenly with the butter then put them into a flat dish for smashing. Be as rustic as you like with these.
    10. I just squashed them down a bit with a Potato Masher, just to break them up. Season them with salt & Pepper then get them on top of your pie mix.
    11. Sprinkle the top with your grated cheese then get the dish in the oven at 180c for 35 minutes or until those potatoes are crispy & Brown.
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    The main difference between a Shepherd's Pie & Cottage Pie is the meat.

    Shepherd's Pie is made with minced Lamb, Cottage Pie is made with with Beef.