With Easter only a week away, I thought a classic dish involving some lovely mince lamb wouldn’t go amiss. With weather not playing ball despite it being almost April, I still very much welcome some hearty and comforting dishes like this Shepherd’s Pie with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes! And what a delicious pie it is! I don’t think there are many meat eaters who would say no to this gorgeously comforting and classic British dish! I know I wouldn’t!
We all absolutely love this delicious pie and depending on chef’s mood 😉 and the time we have available we usually play around with two different versions of it.
- As title of the post suggests Shepherd’s Pie with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes is one of them and the addition of slowly roasted, sweet garlic in the potato topping really makes it special. However, if roasted garlic is not your thing or perhaps you don’t fancy that extra step you might want to read on…
- Second version is without roasted garlic but the secret weapon here is (would you believe?) a tin of baked beans added to the filling. Oh my word is it good or what! Kids go absolutely crazy for both options with slight favouritism towards the bean one. As there is no garlic in the mash in this version, I usually add two crushed garlic cloves to the pie filling when sautéing vegetables. Et voila! 🙂
Classic dish loved by many. Gorgeous minced lamb stewed gently with variety of vegetables and roasted garlic enhancing the flavour of mashed potato topping makes for wonderful feast at any time of year.
- 500 g minced lamb
- 2-3 carrots (roughly 230g) roughly chopped
- 2-3 celery stalks (roughly 100g) roughly chopped
- 1 large onion (roughly 210g) finely chopped
- 1 leftover broccoli stalk (roughly 100g) roughly chopped
- 500 ml hot lamb stock (from cube is fine)
- 2 Tbsp tomato puree
- 2 bay leaves (dried or fresh)
- 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme or rosemary
- 1-2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce or to taste
- 2 Tbsp plain flour
- sunflower oil / olive oil
- 1 head of garlic
- 1 kg floury potatoes
- 75 g unsalted butter
- 75 ml milk
- 50 g strong cheddar cheese
Cut the top off entire head of garlic so that you can see the cloves, sprinkle with salt, drizzle with olive oil and roast wrapped in foil at 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for 40min.
Heat a glug of oil in a large pot with a lid and sautee prepared chopped vegetables (onions, celery, carrots and broccoli stalk) until soft but not coloured approx. 5 min
Add minced lamb and sautee it together with vegetables for approx 10 min. Make sure you break it up with wooden spoon as it cooks.
Add thyme or rosemary, bay leaves, tomato paste and flour. Stir briefly and slowly start adding hot lamb stock stirring everything slowly with wooden spoon until you've used up all the stock. Add Worcestershire sauce, cover pot with the lid (leaving small opening for some steam to escape) and let it simmer for approx. 30 min. Season to taste with salt and pepper and perhaps some more Worcestershire sauce.
Boil the potatoes in a large pan of salted water until cooked. Drain well and mash with butter and milk. Squeeze roasted garlic out and onto the potatoes and mix well.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Transfer the pie filling to the ovenproof pie dish, top with mashed potato and sprinkle with some grated cheddar. Bake for approx. 25-30 min until golden and bubbly. Serve with your choice of vegetables or salad. Enjoy!
If you decide to go for the version of shephard's pie without roasted garlic mashed potato you may want to adapt the recipe as follows:
- Add 2 crushed garlic cloves to the pie filling when sautéing the vegetables for a bit of garlic flavour as you won't have it in your mash.
- When you finish simmering your filling you might want to add 400g tin of baked beans (right before you are ready to transfer the filling to your pie dish). It might be an unexpected addition but very tasty.
If you are after more family friendly dinners why not take a look at my Hidden Vegetables Turkey Chilli Pie, super delicious Veggie Lentils and Spinach Lasagne or perhaps Braised Pork Chops with Leeks & Carrots. For more main course inspiration simply search through Mains archives.
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