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{ Recipe } Really Simple Shepherd's Pie

Really Simple Shepherd's Pie

Make this really simple cheesy mash Shepherd's Pie this Winter, a total comfort dinner for the whole family!

Serves: 6 | Prep Time: 5-10 mins | Cook Time: 40-50 mins

Ingredients

Mash Topping

600g KESTREL potatoes, peeled, cut into medium chunks

60ml milk

80g real butter

60g Grated Cheddar or Pizza mix cheese

1/2 tsp Salt

Meat Base

600g beef mince

10ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil

10ml Soy Sauce

10ml Worcestershire Sauce

100g Frozen Peas, Carrots & Corn, lightly thawed

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 tsp Oregano, fresh or dried

1/2 tsp Salt


Method

Meat Base

  • Heat a little oil in a large pan add the mince cook for 5 minutes until brown on a moderate heat, turning frequently. Add Soy and Worcestershire sauces and mix into the meat.  
  • Push the mince to the side of the pan as pictured and leave a hole in the centre.
  • Add the onion to the centre and cook until soft not coloured. ** I do this to reduce the amount on oil I need as the fat from the meat will give the onion a nice flavour ;)
  • Lightly thaw the frozen pea's, carrots and corn mix veggies and add them to the centre of the pan as shown.
  • Stir in the veggies. Cook for 1-2 minutes, add your Shepherd's Pie brown sauce, oregano. Season.
  • Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mash Topping

  • Preheat the oven to Gas 4-5 or conventional oven 180-190°C, 350-375°F.
  • At the same time prepare the potato topping.
  • Place the potatoes in a large saucepan with cold water and salt and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Drain and mash together with the milk and butter. Season.
  • Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F.
  • Spoon the meat mix into an ovenproof dish and dollop potato topping as shown. ** I made mine into a mountain for the kids :) as you do!
  • Bake uncovered for 10 minutes, or until the top is brown.

Notes

  • I keep the lumpy bits of meat because my boy likes them (he thinks they are meatballs) or you can separate the mince with your wooden spoon. I use Aldi regular Beef mince
  • I know it sounds odd, but for the mash, I use a fork first to removed all the big lumps as much as I can. Then add the butter and get it smooth, then I add the milk and use an egg whisk to finish it off and it makes the BEST mashed potato!
  • Use Kestrel Potatoes for the best mash
  • I use Soy & Worcestershire sauces to add flavour without being overpowering for my fussy eaters!
  • I do not use pepper when cooking a meal for the whole family, I usually add it on hubby & mine at serving.
  • You can make your own gravy but I find the Aldi Shepherd's Pie brand good has all the herbs already in it.
  • I use the Aldi Market Fare Peas, Carrots & Corn a lot in my recipes, simply because it is convenient, the kids will eat it and it's already cut!

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