Serves 4, under 30mins prep, 1-2 hours cooking time
Shepherd’s pie is a firm family favourite and our great recipe is perfect for a comforting meal around the dinner table – simple but delicious. Swap the lamb mince or beef mince for a tasty Cottage Pie or even for Quorn Mince for a tasty meat-free alternative.
- Mashed potato topping: 1.5kg/3lb 4oz potatoes, peeled and chopped; 75g/3oz butter; 150ml/5fl oz milk; salt and pepper.
- 750g/1lb 11oz lamb or beef mince (for a Cottage Pie);
- 400ml/14fl oz lamb/beef stock (cubes/jellied stock cubes are fine to use);
- 4tsp Worcestershire Sauce;
- 1tbsp tomato puree;
- 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped;
- 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped;
- 2 celery sticks, peeled and finely chopped (optional);
- 1tbsp plain flour; 2tsps mixed herbs (optional);
- 1 glass of red wine (optional);
- Salt and pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
- For the mashed potato, bring a pan of salted water to the boil then add the peeled and chopped potatoes. Cook for 10-12 minutes until completely cooked through.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil up in a large frying pan or saucepan and fry the onions, carrots and celery (optional) for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the beef or lamb mince to the pan and cook for a further 4-5 minutes until browned all over. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the stock, tomato puree, Worcestershire Sauce and red wine (optional) along with the mixed herbs (optional) and salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn the heat down and simmer for 30-45 minutes until the sauce has thickened and the meat is tender.
- When the potatoes are cooked, drain and mash them then add the butter and milk stirring with a spoon until the mash is creamy and smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. TOP TIP - For a delicious, comforting twist you can add grated cheese to the mash.
- Pour the mince mixture into a baking dish and spoon the mash on top covering all of the meat. TOP TIP - If you want to impress with your presentation, drag a fork along the top of the mash making lines that will go lightly golden brown during cooking.
- Bake in the pre-heated over for 20-35 minutes until it is golden and bubbling.
- Serve immediately with your favourite veg!