Shepherd’s Pie is the ultimate comfort food and is basically an English dish, popular all over the world. Lots of vegetables go into the preparation of this dish which makes it ideal for a healthy and nutritious family dinner. Even though traditionally, lamb is the main ingredient, in the United States, some times, lamb is substituted with beef.
Here Is The Perfect Recipe For Preparing Shepherd’s Pie At Home:
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 1 Hour
For Lamb Filling:
Ground lamb – one pound
Canola oil – two tablespoons
Onions, chopped – one cup
Garlic, crushed – two cloves
Carrots, peeled and diced – half cup
Frozen or fresh corn kernels – half cup
Frozen or fresh peas – half cup
Tomato paste – two tablespoons
Worcestershire sauce – one teaspoon
Beef stock – one cup
Fresh Rosemary, chopped – one teaspoon
All-purpose flour – two tablespoons
Pepper – one teaspoon
Salt to taste
Russet Potatoes – two pounds
Unsalted butter – half cup
Milk – half cup
Pepper powder – half teaspoon
Salt to taste
Boil the peeled and diced potatoes in salted water, in a heavy bottom pan over high heat. Once the water boils, cover the pan and reduce the flame. Cook for about fifteen minutes till the potatoes become soft and tender. Drain the potatoes; add the unsalted butter, milk, pepper and salt. Mash the potatoes until smooth and set aside.
For preparing the filling, place a heavy bottom pan on medium heat and add the canola oil. Once the oil is hot, add chopped onions, carrots and garlic. Saute for a few minutes till onion becomes translucent and then stir in the ground lamb. Saute till the color of meat changes and then add the all purpose flour and mix thoroughly. After a few minutes, add the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and chopped rosemary and combine well. Now, pour the beef stock and simmer till the gravy thickens. Stir in the Peas and corn kernels and cook over low heat for five more minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Transfer the meat filling on to a baking dish and spread evenly. Spoon in the mashed potatoes over this so that the lamb filling is completely covered. Score on top of the mashed potato layer with a fork in such a way that peaks and valleys are formed.
Bake this on the middle rack of the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, until the potatoes turn golden brown in color. Sprinkle grated cheese on top. Cool for at least 10 minutes and serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.