Shepherd’s pie is a great family meal – it is cheap to make and freezes well. You can also make a vegetarian lentil pie for veggies.
1 hr 30 mins
Knife skills, Seasoning, Mince Cooking, Simmering, Reducing
By: Chloe Coker
Shepherd’s pie is my little boy’s favourite meal. It is great to cook as a batch cook and freeze and is one of the dishes that keeps the whole family happy.
You will need
1 onion, peeled and finely diced
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1 stick celery, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
500g minced lamb
1 tbsp plain flour / cornflour
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
250ml lamb stock
1 tsp fresh thyme
Salt and pepper
optional: 1 tsp chopped rosemary, 1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 kg floury potatoes (such as King Edward, Maris Piper, Desiree)
large knob of butter
- Place a large pan over a medium heat. Add a glug of olive oil, then add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and thyme. Fry for 8-10 minutes until the vegetables have softened
- Turn up the heat and add the lamb mince. Fry until browned all over, then stir in the flour. (Add the cinnamon at this stage if you are using it)
- Add the tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce and stock. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bring to the boil, then cover with a lid (leaving it slightly ajar) turn the heat down and simmer over a low heat for around 45 minutes, stirring occasionally
- While the mince cooks, make the mashed potato: peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. Place in a pan of salted water and bring to the boil. Boil for 10-15 mins until soft all the way through. Drain then return to the pan. Add the milk and butter and mash the potatoes until smooth with a masher / potato ricer / electric whisk
- To finish your shepherds’ pie: Place the lamb mixture in the bottom of an ovenproof dish, then evenly top with the mashed potato. *You can premake the shepherds’ pie to this point and freeze or reheat later
- Preheat the oven to 190*c. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 25 minutes until golden and hot all the way through
Tips, Tricks and Teaching Info
Cooking With Mince
Take the time to fry your mince properly as this adds colour and flavour to your dish. Cooking with mince is a great skill to practice as it is cheap to buy and opens up lots of different recipes from shepherd’s pie to chilli, bolognese, moussaka, lasagne etc
If you children don’t like pieces of veg, grate them in at the start. They will cook down and disappear. You can even add some chunks of decoy veg for them to pick out.
If you can make Shepherd’s Pie you can also make
cottage pie, chilli con carne, lasagne, moussaka and bolognese – it is just a question of changing the herbs/spices and seasoning