My kids grew up eating this pie, as it is very suitable for little children. Whenever I wanted them to eat a lot, this dish does the trick for me.

When Old Boy was weaning, he threw up everything I cooked. I used to try 5 or 6 dishes per meal. By the time I finished feeding him, it was time for the next meal.

Until I made shepherds pie. He happily finished a bowl. From then, I often gave him pasta or pies, similar tasting food.

Today, I made it ‘gourmet’, using chunks of beef filet cooked in red wine for the pie. It is a delicious twist. This dish is always a hit. The Daughter had to resort to bringing friends home and said they asked for it to make me cook.

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

Filing

1 kg Lamb stewing cubes (use beef if lamb cannot be found)

2 Tbsp soya sauce or equivalent of salt

1 tsp Pepper

2 Tbsp flour

2 Tbsp oil

5 medium carrots cut into 1.5 cm cubes

1 big brown onions chopped

4 tomatoes cut to 1/2 cm cubes

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 cup stock

1/2 cup red wine (not red cooking wine)

1 Tbsp Italian herbs

Topping

1 kg potatoes, peeled and boiled till soft

3 Tbsp butter

Milk/cream as much as required to get the right consistency (how much depends on potatoes used)

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

    Make the filing
  1. Season the lamb with soya sauce and pepper, and then coat with flour.
  2. In a non-stick pan/pot (I used the pressure cooker pot), fry these lamb/beef pieces until brown.
  3. Remove from pan and fry the carrots and onions.
  4. Add in the meat, stock, red wine and herbs and cook until meat is soft. (I used a pressure cooker and cook for 12 minutes).
  5. Reduce to a thick stew.
  6. Mashed Potato toppings
  7. Mashed the potatoes, and add the butter.
  8. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
  9. Adjust the consistency by adding some milk if too dry.
  10. Assembly
  11. Set oven to grill.
  12. Add the tomatoes pieces to the stew.
  13. Pour all of the stew a shallow dish.
  14. Cover the top of the stew with the mash.
  15. Grill on a high shelf until the top of the mash is light brown, which takes about 15 minutes.
  16. Serve hot with a salad or vegetable dish.
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