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)
- 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
- Place mince in pan, cook over high heat, stirring until meat is well browned.
- Pour out excess fat with a slotted spoon.
- Chop onion and carrot into small pieces.
- Add onion and carrot to the meat mixture.
- Cook until onion is transparent and carrot is soft.
- Add thyme, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, stock and salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Bring mixture to boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered for 25 minutes.
- Stir in flour and water until mixture boils and thickens.
- Reduce heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
- Place mixture into overproof dish.
Mash Potato Topping
- Fill a large saucepan with water. Bring to the boil.
- Peel potatoes and cut them into medium sized pieces of equal size. (This will help the potato pieces cook evenly)
- Boil potatoes until tender – about 20 minutes.
- Drain potatoes and put them back into the hot saucepan.
- Mash the potatoes – use a potato ricer if you have one.
- Add butter and milk and mash until smooth and creamy.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Spread potato evenly over meat.
- Score potato mixture with a fork, as this helps to make it crisp and crunchy.
- Bake uncovered at 200C for 20 minutes or until potato topping is golden brown.
Serve a piece of the shepherd’s pie with a tossed green salad or a tomato salad.