Cheat’s shepherd’s pie
I cheated by buying lamb that was already minced (ground for North American readers) and microwave potato mash.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 brown onion, diced
- 1 carrot, diced
- 500 g lamb, minced (80% lean 20% fat)
- 210 g Mutti tinned tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 cup beef stock
- 1 packet potato mash (I used Bird’s Eye)
- 1 cup provolone, finely grated
- Prepare the vegetables.
- Sautée the onion and carrot and then add the lamb.
- When the lamb is brown add in the stock, Worcestershire sauce and tomatoes.
- Mix and cook until it has thickened sufficiently to hold its own.
- If this is taking too long and if you feel you’ll be dead and buried before it thickens, add in a few teaspoons of corn flour to thicken the sauce.
- Turn on the oven to 180 °C.
- Put the cooked mince into a baking tray.
- Mix the cheese into the potato mash which has been cooked using microwave radiation.
- Pray there is enough potato mash to cover the lamb. If there isn’t make sure the centre is covered and use cheese for the edges.
- Spread the cheesy mash over the cooked lamb.
- Put the tray into a hot oven for 20 minutes or until the cheesy potato mash is golden brown.
- Allow the shepherds pie to rest for at least five minutes so it doesn’t wobble if you shake the tray. You need to make sure when you take a large serving spoon and penetrate the crust of that cheesy potato mash that it cuts through cleanly and you get a firm portion of cooked mince with cheesy potato mash on top.
If you don’t like lamb
If you don’t like lamb, use minced (ground) beef and it’s a cottage pie.
Don’t hate on people who don’t like lamb. Not everyone likes it. I like it and whenever someone says they don’t like something I like rather than make fun of them, I usually say thanks, that means more for me 😊
Be kind everyone. We’re in 2021 now and we need to be kind to everyone.