Shepherd’s Pie

 The kids at Bella Vista had a laugh with the team over this menu item. Two kids tried to tell me that a Shepherds Pie has pastry. Now I've been eating SP all my life, as my background is English so I felt qualified to have an opinion on this one. Ben told me that when he went to the petrol station, he can buy a SP with pastry.
My first comment was "Do people actually eat petrol station pies?". My second question was - "Are you comparing our food at KLTC, to petrol station food?" So we concluded that a petrol station pie with potato on top, is a Potatoe Pie, not a SP. They may have concluded this, just to be nice to me!!!!

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

Mince mixture 

  • 1 kg beef mince  
  • 1 large onion  
  • 1 carrot   
  • ¼ tsp thyme  
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste  
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce  
  • 2 tsp soy sauce  
  • 1 ½ cup liquid beef stock 
  • Pinch salt and pepper 
  • 2 tbsp plain flour  
  • ¼ cup water  

Mash Potato Topping 

  • 750g potato  
  • 60 g butter  
  • ¼ cup milk  
  • Salt and pepper to taste 


Meat Mixture 

  1. Place mince in pan, cook over high heat, stirring until meat is well browned.  
  2. Pour out excess fat with a slotted spoon. 
  3. Chop onion and carrot into small pieces 
  4. Add onion and carrot to the meat mixture. 
  5. Cook until onion is transparent and carrot is soft 
  6. Add thyme, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, stock and salt and pepper. Mix well.  
  7. Bring mixture to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered for 25 minutes.  
  8. Stir in flour and water until mixture boils and thickens.  
  9. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes.  
  10. Place mixture into overproof dish.  

Mash Potato Topping 

  1. Fill a large saucepan with water. Bring to the boil.
  2. Peel potatoes and cut them into medium sized pieces of equal size. (This will help the potato pieces cook evenly) 
  3. Boil potatoes until tender – about 20 minutes.  
  4. Drain potatoes and put them back into the hot saucepan 
  5. Mash the potatoes – use a potato ricer if you have one.  
  6. Add butter and milk and mash until smooth and creamy. 
  7. Season with salt and pepper.  
  8. Spread potato evenly over meat 
  9. Score potato mixture with a fork, as this helps to make it crisp and crunchy. 
  10. Bake uncovered at 200C for 20 minutes or until potato topping is golden brown.  

To serve

Serve a piece of the shepherd’s pie with a tossed green salad or a tomato salad. 

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