Shepherd’s Pie

Even though British cuisine is not known for complex flavors or fine textures, it’s definitely easy and fast to make. The Shepherd’s Pie is one of these dishes, it takes a very little amount of time to prep and requires almost no skills to make. It’s also a dish that fills you up easily, I mean, it’s potatoes and mutton, what’s not to like about this?

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You need:

  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt; 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp rosemary; 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 oz unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese

How to make this:

  1. Boil the potatoes in a pot, this takes awhile, so do this first so you can let it cook while cooking everything else
  2. Heat up a pan, saute the onion, garlic, carrots, peas, salt and ground lamb, cook the meat until they are browned
  3. Pour the Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and chicken broth, when it simmers, mix in the rosemary and thyme, then add the flour. Let’s simmer and thickens the sauce
  4. While the sauce is thickening, the potatoes will be cooked, mash them, and add the milk, butter, salt, black pepper, and egg yolk; mix it until it’s smooth and creamy
  5. Put the meat in a baking dish and spread the mashed potatoes on top of the ground meat. Sprinkle a layer of Parmesan cheese, which creates that golden crust on top
  6. Put it in a 200C/400F degree oven and let it bake for 15 min
  7. Serve it with some more Parmesan cheese or some fresh chives
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(The golden crust is achieved by spreading a thin layer of Parmesan cheese on top before baking)

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