Hello everyone, I've felt a bit poorly for the past week, went to the docs yesterday and we'll soon know what the issue is - probably just having three kids and a hectic life! So feeling poorly there's only one thing to eat and cook: comfort food. For me that is easy, yummy food. Shepherds' pie always seems to fit the bill!
I made it in the AM before it got too warm, and also meant I could rest in the afternoon. Truth be told, I wish I would make a few of these at a time, because they freeze really well. But I never seem to........ will make sure I do next time though. This recipe actually serves our family dinner plus makes 2 lunches for hubby.
1kg lean lamb mince
1 large brown onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1/4 cup peas (I omitted but only because I forgot in my illness, but add them or sliced beans if you prefer)
1 large or 2 small stalks celery, diced or finely sliced
2 tb tomato paste
1 litre beef stock
2 tb worchestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
2 tb wholemeal (or plain) flour
salt and pepper to taste
1.5kg desiree potatoes
1.5 cups milk
2 tb butter or margarine
In a large frypan, add a little oil to the pan, and then brown the lamb mince.
Add the onion, carrots and peas (or beans) keep cooking until onion becomes transparent
Add half the stock, the worchestershire sauce, tomato paste, salt and pepper and bayleaves. Leave to simmer for about five minutes, then add the flour to the remaining stock, and gradually add as the liquids absorb/sauce thickens.
Whilst it is simmering, peel your potatoes and boil or steam them. Drain and mash with milk and butter. Add milk gradually to ensure the consistency is stiff but creamy.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees c
In a large baking or pie dish, pour in your gravied lamb, and then with a large spoon paste on the potato. Run a fork over the top to make it more 'crinkly'. This will make beautiful crunchy bits in the oven.
Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes until top is nice and browned to your taste. Ultimate comfort food!
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