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Shepherd's Pie with Lamb

by: NICK DIGIOVANNI   |   November 27, 2019

Nick's Notes - Sometimes, simple is best. A warm, homey dish, shepherd’s pie is a quick and easy dish for any home cook. This three-layered favorite is typically done with beef, a vegetable mix, and mashed potatoes, but many things can be substituted!

TOTAL TIME

30 minutes

SERVES

3-5

Takeaways

How to make extra fluffy mashed potatoes
How to create an easy, one pan dish
Injecting flavor into butter using herbs

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Ingredients

Mashed Potatoes

3 Large Potatoes
1/2 Stick Unsalted Butter
Half and Half to taste

Meat

1 lb Ground Lamb (can substitute with beef, turkey, etc.)

Vegetables

1 Onion
1 Ear of Corn to taste
2 Carrots to taste
1 Cup English Peas to taste
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Sprig Thyme
1 Sprig Rosemary
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
3 tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth

In This Recipe

Method

Mashed Potatoes

1 . Remove the skin from the potatoes, and cut into cubes. Cover in small pot with an equal mixture of water and half and half. Cook at low heat until tender. While potatoes are cooking, you can move onto the vegetables and meat, then come back to step 2 of the mashed potatoes.
2 . When fully cooked, strain liquid. Add 1/2 stick of butter to a bowl and begin ricing the potatoes into the bowl using your potato ricer. Stir potatoes and butter gently and add small amounts of half and half cream to change the consistency, if desired.

Vegetables

1 . Start by adding 1 tablespoon of butter into a fry pan. Mince the 2 cloves of garlic, and once the butter has melted, add the garlic and sprigs of thyme and rosemary to get flavor into butter. After 2-3 minutes, remove the herbs from the pan and add the 1 tablespoon of tomato paste.
2 . Dice the onion, chop the carrots, and remove corn from the cob. Add onion to pan and cook until translucent. Once onions are translucent, add the carrots, corn, and peas. You can add the veggies in waves, with a minute or 2 in between, so you get some crunch from less cooked veggies.
3 . Add the 1/2 cup of broth and 3 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce and let it reduce (boil off some of the water). Set pan aside.

Meat

1 . In a skillet, add a layer of oil once the pan is hot. Then add the ground meat. Cook until brown throughout, and season with salt and pepper.

Assembly

In the same skillet used to cook the meat, layer the vegetables, and then add a nice coat of mashed potatoes. If you are using a stainless steel skillet (or another oven safe pan), stick the whole pan into the oven at broil until you get a nice golden brown coat on top. Enjoy!

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