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Recipe: Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie

A hefty glass of red and cheesy mash transform the dull old Shepherd’s Pie into an indulgent dinner.


Serves 4-6


2tbsp vegetable oil

700g minced lamb

25g butter

2 onions, finely chopped

3 celery sticks, diced

2 carrots, diced

2tsp chopped fresh rosemary

2tsp chopped fresh thyme

2tbsp tomato puree

½ tsp ground cinnamon

2tbsp tomato ketchup

250ml red wine

25g plain flour

200ml chicken stock

2tsp Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper

for the topping…

900g peeled potatoes

25g butter

100ml whole milk

200g Pilgrims Choice Extra Mature grated

Cooking time

15 mins prep, 2 hours cooking

How to make it

  • Fry the lamb with the oil in a frying pan for 5 mins until coloured.
  • In a separate large saucepan melt the butter and gently cook the vegetables for 10 mins. Add the chopped herbs, cinnamon, tomato puree and ketchup, cook for 2-3 mins.
  • Add the cooked lamb to the vegetables with the wine and Worcestershire sauce for 5 mins until reduced.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the meat, stir constantly and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the stock and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook for 1-1½ hours adding a little water if required until everything is very tender.
  • Meanwhile make the mashed potato topping. Boil the potatoes until tender. Drain and mash with the butter, milk and black pepper. Add half of the cheese and return to the heat mixing well until melted. 
  • Once the filling is ready, spoon into an ovenproof serving dish. Spoon the potato over the meat and finish with the remaining cheese.
  • Place in a hot oven at Mark6/200c for about 15 mins until the mash is golden.


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