Shepherds Pie

Consolation meals alert! My Conventional Shepherd’s pie with creamy mashed potato and wealthy gravy identical to mum’s!
I am sharing with you my high ideas for the proper crispy high, creamy mash and wealthy meat sauce, plus I will present you easy methods to get a jug of pretty wealthy gravy to go together with it.
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Close of of Shepherd's pie with a portion taken out and a spoon with Shepherd's pie resting on top of the Shepherd's pie.

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I by no means may resist mashed potato. My favorite little bit of a roast dinner once I was youthful, I all the time used to request plenty of mash and gravy and slightly little bit of every little thing else!

So by default, Shepherd’s pie and cottage pie are two of my favorite consolation meals.

Personally, I really like my Shepherd’s Pie with plenty of inexperienced veg and loads of gravy.
Chris likes it like that too, however his favorite approach of consuming it’s to avoid wasting for breakfast the following day, then fry it up and serve it on bread with ketchup.
Minus the ketchup, I’ve bought to agree, it’s a mighty good breakfast.

Now I do know some individuals won’t take into account this a pie however, come on, its bought pie within the title and it is downright scrumptious and personally, I LOVE a mashed-potato-topped pie.

Should you’re not a giant fan of mashed potato topped ‘pies’ then why not attempt certainly one of my different pastry-based pies like my creamy chicken puff pie or my rich and tasty steak pie.

🐑 Shepherd’s Pie vs🐄 Cottage Pie

So What precisely is the distinction between shepherd’s pie and cottage pie?

Historically shepherd pie is made with lamb mince, whereas cottage pie is made with beef mince. I are likely to make and serve each with the identical sides and I are likely to make each in the same approach.

I’ve a fantastic recipe for Cottage Pie too.

📋 What do we’d like?

Ingredients for Shepherd's pie on a wooden table

I am making a BIG BATCH of shepherd’s pie for this recipe – it is going to serve 8-10 individuals no drawback.
I like to do that as a result of we eat half after which I freeze the opposite half (take a look at freezing and reheating information within the notes part of the recipe card).

You may make a smaller batch to serve 4-5 individuals by halving all the elements, or a mini shepherd’s pie to serve 2 individuals by quartering all the elements.
It’s going to take the identical time within the oven, it is going to simply take slightly much less time to fry up the veg and lamb should you’re making a smaller batch.

🔪 The best way to make it

We begin by boiling up some potatoes for the mash.

While that is cooking, we fry up onion, carrot and celery in slightly oil till softened. Add the minced lamb and brown, then add in Worcestershire sauce and inventory and let it simmer. Stir in slightly cornstarch slurry to thicken.

👩‍🍳 PRO TIP –  I add in much more inventory then you definitely suppose you may want – that is so you’ve sufficient liquid for gravy later)

Then we use a slotted spoon to spoon the minced lamb combination into the baking dish.
This can guarantee there’s nonetheless some sauce with the minced lamb, however may even go away loads of sauce behind within the pan – which we’ll reheat for gravy afterwards.

6 image collage showing initial steps for making Shepherd's pie

When the potatoes are tender you need to mash them.

👩‍🍳 PRO TIP – for the proper creamy mashed potato. Mash utilizing a potato ricer (<–affiliate hyperlink) for additional clean mash, and stir in loads of cream, butter, salt and pepper (weight loss plan meals this isn’t).

High the minced lamb with scoops of mashed potato after which ruffle up the topping with a fork. The extra ruffles = the extra crispy bits.

Place within the preheated oven at 200C/400F for about 20 minutes till golden.

6 image collage showing the final steps for making shepherds pie.

Does anybody else purposely go away a heap of mashed potato within the pan after dishing the remaining up, then hover over the bowl, ‘testing’ it by consuming it straight off the outsized picket spoon you combined the mash with? Ahh I really like the chef’s treats.

When it comes out of the oven it must be pretty and crisp on high with sauce effervescent up on the edges (so watch out because it’s additional sizzling!).

Shepherd's pie in a white dish. Bowl of red cabbage and cutlery in the background.

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🍽️ Serving Options

I all the time like to dish up the shepherd’s pie and serve with inexperienced veg corresponding to cabbage, backyard peas or broccoli.

Reheat the gravy within the pan simply earlier than serving and pour everywhere in the shepherd’s pie. You may discover that there are nonetheless a number of bits of mince nonetheless within the pan with the gravy. Personally I am positive with that, however should you favor, you may sieve the gravy (utilizing a positive mesh sieve) in order that it is additional clean.

You can even have some fresh homemade bread on the facet for dipping within the gravy.

My recipe ensures you get loads of additional gravy to pour excessive and I’ve even sneaked a few veggies in there too.

Shepherd's pie in a white dish with a portion removed. Spoon with shepherd's on is resting on top of the Shepherd's pie.

🙋 FAQs

Can I make it gluten-free?

Sure! Use gluten-free inventory. Additionally test your Worcestershire sauce model is gluten-free – then you definitely’re good to go.

Are you able to make shepherd’s pie forward?

Sure, make the shepherd’s pie proper as much as the purpose earlier than you set it within the oven. Then shortly cool, cowl and refrigerate, together with the gravy. It must be positive within the fridge for a day or two.

Place within the oven straight from the fridge,  for 25-Half-hour at 200C/400F till the potato is golden brown and the meat is beginning to bubble up on the sides.

Warmth the gravy in a pan till piping sizzling.

Will it freeze?

I discover the mashed potato generally is a little watery after freezing, however as long as the pie is absolutely defrosted earlier than reheating, the pie must be positive after cooking and crisping up within the oven.

As above make the shepherd’s pie proper as much as the purpose earlier than you set it within the oven. Then shortly cool, cowl and freeze, together with the gravy.

Defrost within the fridge in a single day (guarantee it’s absolutely defrosted all through earlier than reheating), then place within the oven for 25-Half-hour at 200C/400F till the potato is golden brown and the meat is beginning to bubble up on the sides.

Warmth the gravy in a pan till piping sizzling – it might want a splash of water and a whisk to take away any lumps (or you could possibly sieve it).

Can I make a vegetarian or vegan model?

Sure. If I’m making a vegetarian model, I take advantage of quorn mince (or related various) with plenty of very finely chopped mushrooms. Use a tasty vegetarian inventory – corresponding to Knorr vegetable inventory pots. Chances are you’ll want to regulate the seasoning, as some vegetable shares might be fairly salty.

My pal Katherine additionally does an superior Vegan Shepherds Pie – topped with crushed potatoes 😍

Can I double/triple it to serve to a crowd?

Sure, this works nice as a big batch recipe and would not want any adjustment to ratios of elements to make it work. You simply want an even bigger dish (or a number of dishes).


Different variation concepts:

  • Add a teaspoon of mint sauce to the gravy for a touch of mint that goes very well with the lamb.
  • Add a layer of sauteed sliced leeks in between the minced lamb and potato layer.
  • Use candy potato as an alternative of normal potato and add half a tablespoon of curry powder to the mashed potato for a barely spicier model. You can too add ½ tbsp curry powder, ½ tsp floor coriander, 1 tsp floor cumin and a pinch of chilli flakes when frying the mince if you wish to spice it up.

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Shepherd's pie in a white dish with a portion taken out.

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Consolation meals alert!  That is my Shepherd’s pie with creamy mashed potato and wealthy gravy – identical to your mum used to make!

Prep Time 15 minutes

Prepare dinner Time 40 minutes

Whole Time 55 minutes

Course Dinner

Delicacies British

Servings 8 -10 servings

Energy 553 kcal

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Place the potatoes in a pan and canopy with chilly water. Deliver to the boil and simmer for quarter-hour.

  • Whereas the potatoes are cooking, preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Warmth the oil in a big frying pan.

  • Add the onions, celery and carrot and cook dinner on medium warmth for 5 minutes till they begin to soften.

  • Add the minced lamb and cook dinner till browned – breaking apart any items as you go.

  • Add in half the salt and pepper, the Worcestershire sauce and inventory. Simmer for five minutes.

  • By this time, the potatoes must be cooked. Drain the potatoes and mash utilizing a potato ricer.

  • Add the cream, butter and remaining salt and pepper and blend collectively.

  • Combine the cornflour with 4 tbsp of chilly water and stir into the simmering lamb combination to thicken the sauce (it’s possible you’ll want so as to add slightly extra should you prefer it thicker).

  • Flip off the warmth and use a slotted spoon to scoop out the lamb combination and place right into a 13”x 10.6” (33cmx27cm) baking dish. This could go away a lot of the gravy behind within the pan.

  • High the lamb with the mash potatoes, and flatten out with a spoon.

  • Tough up the highest of the mash with a fork (so that you get good crispy bits).

  • Place within the oven for 20 minutes till the mashed potato is golden brown.

  • Warmth up the gravy, then serve the shepherd’s pie with the gravy and a few inexperienced veg.

✎ Notes

Scaling the recipe down
It is a massive batch Shepherd’s pie (I wish to make a giant batch after which freeze half of it), however you may half the recipe to serve 4-5 and even quarter the recipe to serve 2.
Follow the identical ratios.
In fact you may want to make use of a smaller baking dish for fewer individuals, however the cottage pie ought to take the identical period of time to brown within the oven.

The frying of the greens and minced lamb will take barely much less time if cooking a smaller batch.
Can I make it gluten-free?
Sure! Use gluten-free inventory. Additionally test your Worcestershire sauce model is gluten-free – then you definitely’re good to go.
Can I make it forward?
Sure, make the shepherd’s pie proper as much as the purpose earlier than you set it within the oven. Then shortly cool, cowl and refrigerate, together with the gravy. It must be positive within the fridge for as much as a day.
Place within the oven straight from the fridge,  for 20-25 minutes at 200C/400F till the potato is golden brown and the meat is beginning to bubble up on the sides.
Warmth the gravy in a pan till piping sizzling.
Will it freeze?
Mashed potato generally is a little watery after freezing, however as long as the pie is absolutely defrosted earlier than reheating, the pie must be positive after cooking and crisping up within the oven.
As above make the shepherd’s pie proper as much as the purpose earlier than you set it within the oven. Then shortly cool, cowl and freeze, together with the gravy.
Defrost within the fridge in a single day (guarantee it’s absolutely defrosted all through earlier than reheating), then place within the oven for 20-25 minutes at 200C/400F till the potato is golden brown and the meat is beginning to bubble up on the sides.
Warmth the gravy in a pan till piping sizzling – it might want a splash of water and a whisk to take away any lumps (or you could possibly sieve it).
Dietary info is per serving (working this out at 10 servings), together with gravy. 

Diet

Energy: 553kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 19gFats: 38gSaturated Fats: 20gTrans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 108mgSodium: 757mgPotassium: 1159mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2567IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 3mg

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