I love a good shepherds pie (or cottage pie if you decide to use beef) - who doesn't?
Our girls all play netball and are all this year playing in different teams. All of which have practice on different afternoons. It's becoming chilly so this is perfect for those nights where we've been rushing around all day but want to serve up a hearty dinner on those cooler days especially when the kids need something to abate their ferocious hunger and warm them (and us) up.
Cue the quickie shepherds' pie. No lots of simmering, no peeling, cooking and mashing potatoes. It's a quick chop, fry, bake assembly job. Thank heavens for that. We all need a repetoire of these recipes in our busy lives, so please bookmark for your busy days!
Also, if you don't own a cast iron skillet, ask for one for mother's day! I got mine for my birthday last year and use it SOOOO much. This is mine and yes it's not cheap ($370) but you will use it forever and often. There are some cheaper type here (for $140). If that's not an option use a frypan and transfer to casserole dish before putting potato gems on top.
1 large brown onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced (include some of the leaves too)
500g lamb mince
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
2 tb cornflour
700ml beef stock
1 sprig parsley
leaves from 2 sprigs of thyme leaves
1 cup frozen peas and corn (or half a cup of each)
700g potato gems (or tater tots)
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees c
With 2tb oil, saute onions, carrots and celery, until onions become transparent
Brown your lamb mince and add worcestershire sauce.
Sprinkle cornflour over the top
Then add stock, frozen vegetables and herbs and stir well.
Take off the stove (or transfer to casserole dish) and cover with frozen potato gems. Press them down a little. Pop in the oven for 30 minutes.
This give you time to shower, do lunch-box unpacking and watching, even do a little homework or heaven forbid - have a glass of wine!
The potatoes will be crispy on top and the lovely gravy will soak into the bottom of them. So yummy.
Kids will be cheering!
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