Shepherd's Pie Sept 26, 2009 14:24:13 GMT -6
Post by Sylvia on Sept 26, 2009 14:24:13 GMT -6
This is a very popular dish in the UK. Well worth the effort it takes
I know there has been comments in previous posts about Shepherd's Pie. It is nothing to do with new trends etc. A shepherd tended sheep, therefore a Shepherd's Pie is made from lamb. A similar pie, with beef or sometimes pork is called a Cottage Pie.
These quantities would serve 4 Hungry Adults
2 tbsp Bacon, fat (or dripping, or 1 tbsp sunflower oil and 1 tbsp butter)
1 Onions, chopped
2 Carrots, finely diced
2 sticks Celery, finely chopped
1 Bay leaves
3 sprigs Thyme
2 tbsp Parsley, chopped
1 1/2 lb/675g minced lamb, (or beef for a cottage pie)
1 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch black pepper
For the topping:
2 lb/900g Potatoes, cooked in their skins
2 1/2 oz/60g Butter
5 fl.oz/150ml Milk
1 pinch Nutmeg, freshly grated
Take a large, deep frying pan and heat half the fat in it. Add the vegetables, and fry gently, until patched with brown. Scoop them out onto a plate.
Raise the heat under the pan and add half the mince. Pat it down flat and leave to fry without disturbing for several minutes until the underneath has browned properly. Then break it all up, turning it over. Repeat the browning process, and then lift the mince out of the pan with a slotted spoon. Repeat with the remaining mince.
Drain off excess fat and return the mince and vegetables to the pan. Sprinkle over the flour and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the herbs (tie bay leaf and thyme in a bundle for easy retrieval at the end of the cooking time), enough water to cover, the tomato ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Simmer for about 45 minutes - adding a little more water if it is drying out. By the time it is cooked, the mince should be succulent and thickened. Adjust seasoning, then tip into a pie dish and leave to cool.
While the mince is cooking, heat the oven to 220oC/428oF and bake the whole potatoes in the oven until tender. Turn the heat down to 190oC/375oF (you can boil the potatoes if you prefer)
Scoop the potato flesh out of the skins, and mash with 1 1/2 oz/45g of the measured butter and enough hot milk to give a mash which is fairly soft, but still hold its shape.
Dollop the mashed potato over the mince, then spread down lightly in an even layer. Use the prongs of a fork to make patterns on the surface. Dot with the remaining butter.
Bake for around 30 minutes until the top is browned and the juices from the meat are bubbling up round the edge.