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Traditional british Shepherd's Pie . Recipe by @petitecook

Traditional Shepherd's Pie

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Bring the British tradition to the dinner table with this classic Shepherd's pie and warm yourself up on cold winter days.
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  • • 1 red onion finely minced
  • 1 lb/ 450 gr high-quality minced lamb
  • 2 carrots finely cubed
  • 2 sticks of celery finely cubed
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • a small bunch of fresh rosemary and thyme
  • Extravirgin olive oil
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.5 kg Desiree potatoes
  • 100 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • a large knob of butter


  • Heat a large pan on a medium heat . Drizzle with extravirgin olive oil and add onion, carrot, celery, garlic, bay leaves and most of the rosemary & thyme leaves.
  • Cook until the vegetables are soft, about 10 mins, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the minced lamb, season and stir fry over high heat until the meat has browned.
  • Fold the tomatoes in and cook for 5 mins, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour in the stock, season with salt and pepper and stir well, then bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to very low heat and slightly cover with a lid, then allow to simmer for about 50 mins.
  • While the lamb ragout cooks, make the potato mash.
  • Peel and cut the potatoes into quarters, and put them into a pot of boiling salted water.
  • Simmer for 10 mins or until cooked through.
  • Drain the potatoes and put them back into the pan. Add butter and salt & pepper to taste. Gently pour the milk and mash until you have fluffly and smooth texture.
  • Line a large baking dish or 4 individual baking pots with the lamb mixture.
  • Spoon the potato mash (or use a piping bag) evenly over the top of the meat. Sprinkle with butter flakes and the remaining herbs on top of the potatoes .
  • Bake in a preheated oven to 190ºC/375F for about 25 min, until golden and bubbling. Allow to cool a little and serve. Enjoy!