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Shepherd’s Pie is always made with lamb. You can use beef, but then you have made a cottage pie.
We Brits are fond of our comfort foods, and none are more comforting than pies. This pie is unusual in that it involves no pastry, only a creamy layer of potatoes. Like many British dishes, it developed as a way to use leftovers from a Sunday lunch — in this case, roast lamb. These days, shepherd’s pie is commonly made using ground lamb. A shepherd’s pie is always made with lamb and is not to be confused with cottage pie, which is made with ground beef.
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- 1 1/2 lbs ground lamb
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 3 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
- 1 1/4 cup beef stock
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 lbs potatoes
- unsalted butter
- milk or half-and-half
- salt and pepper
Prepare mashed potato topping:
- Peel potatoes and cut into chunks. Bring a pot of water to boil and boil potatoes until they are soft and easily pierced with a fork, approximately 20 minutes. Drain potatoes in a colander and return to pot. Mash potatoes, adding salt, butter, and milk/half-and-half to taste.
- Heat vegetable oil in large saucepan over medium high heat.
- Brown lamb in oil, then remove from heat, drain, and keep covered.
- Sauté carrot and onion until tender, then return lamb to pan.
- Add chopped herbs and salt and pepper to taste.
- Sprinkle the mixture with flour and mix until incorporated, then add Worcestershire sauce, red, wine, beef stock and tomato paste.
- Stir until sauce begins to thicken and comes to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add peas and stir to combine.
- Preheat oven to 400℉
- Spoon filling into an 11x17” baking dish and top with mashed potato, spreading evenly so that the the potato completely covers the filling.
- Using the back of a fork, create score lines in in the mashed potato, as if you are drawing a tic-tac-toe grid.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until topping has begun to brown.
- Place shepherd’s pie directly under broiler for an additional 10 minutes to give the potato added crisp and color.
- Serve with HP sauce.
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