Shepherd’s pie

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 4 people

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 800 gm minced lamb
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 250 ml (1 cup) brown chicken stock (see note)
  • 125 ml red wine
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) Worcestershire sauce
  • 120 gm (1 cup) frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
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  • Creamy mash
  • 800 gm desiree potatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 250 ml (1 cup) pouring cream
  • 100 gm butter, softened
01   Preheat oven to 200C. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, garlic and bay leaf and cook until vegetables are soft and start to colour (7-10 minutes). Season to taste, add mince and stir, breaking up mince with back of spoon until brown (5-7 minutes). Add tomato paste and stir to combine. Add stock, wine and Worcestershire sauce, bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce is thick (20-25 minutes). Stir through peas and parsley and season to taste.
02   Meanwhile, for creamy mash, place potatoes in a pan and cover with cold salted water. Bring to the boil over medium heat and cook until tender (10-15 minutes). Drain potatoes and return to pan. Add cream and butter and mash until smooth. Season to taste.
03   Divide mince mixture between four 2 cup-capacity ovenproof dishes. Top with potato and bake until golden (10-15 minutes). Serve with extra Worcestershire sauce to the side.
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WHERE TO TRY THEM

RESTAURANT ARRAS
At his restaurant specialising in modern British food, Adam Humphrey lists a ‘sea shepherd’s pie’, as an accompaniment to blue-eye trevalla, among his main courses. 24 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay, NSW, (02) 9252 6285.

BRITISH INDIA
Enjoy an innovative Indian take on traditional shepherd’s pie, presented as an individual bhuna gosht pie with Indian spices, vegetables and mashed potato. 270-276 Morphett St, Adelaide, SA, (08) 8212 2411.

HARRISON’S
Spencer Patrick says his shepherd’s pie lunch special is a crowd-pleaser. Maybe the braised lamb shanks, reduced stock flavoured with marjoram and thyme, Vichy carrots and truffle mash has something to do with it. 41 Macrossan St, Port Douglas, Qld, (07) 4099 6364.

Note Brown chicken stock is available from select delicatessens and butchers.

Recipe:

ADELAIDE LUCAS

Photography:

CHRIS CHEN

Styling:

VANESSA AUSTIN

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