Lamb shepherds pie, potato topped minced lamb with hints of mint sauce baked until crispy and golden, my idea of comfort food heaven!
It is the perfect make-ahead dinner as you can put it all together up to 2 or 3 days in advance and refrigerate and throw it in the oven for half an hour before dinner.
The Classic Potato Topped Pie!
I’m a pluralist when it comes to food, if it tastes good then it is good as far as I am concerned.
I do have one irrational foible though, it must be lamb shepherds pie, No other meat will do!
If it is made with beef then it is cottage pie, and if it is vegetarian then it is shepherdess pie. If it is with chicken or turkey then it is a Poulterers pie!
It is the hill I have chosen to plant my food flag on.
All three dishes share the same common theme. A meat or vegetable ragu topped with mash and then baked in the oven until golden and crispy.
As with so many of my lamb dishes, my lamb ragu is flavoured with mint sauce.
As for the mash… No cheese, please! Just butter, an obscene amount of butter and a couple of egg yolks to give the mash a beautiful golden glaze.
Incidentally, cheesy mash on a Shepherd’s pie turns it into a Cumberland pie according to my very specific hill!
Frequently Asked Questions.
What type of potatoes should I use?
I have a lengthy post on mashed potatoes, so I will not rehash, see what I did there, that.
Needless to say, your potatoes need to be floury or mealy. Something like a King Edwards or Maris Piper in the UK or a Russet in the US.
If your potatoes are labelled with the awful A, B or C system then you want potatoes that are type C.
Do I really need the egg yolks in the mash?
No, you can omit them. But give it a try they really do make the mash extra special.
Likewise, with the butter. This is a special dish for me and needs to be indulgent and as such, I use a mountain of butter!
Do I need to pipe on the mashed potato?
No, not at all, you can dollop the mash on with a spoon and then spread it out.
It is however really important to “scuff” up the surface of the mash because shepherds pie without crispy bits ain’t right!
I usually sit down with a big bowl of this lambs shepherd’s pie and call it dinner!
But if you want to you can add lamb gravy if you like your pie a little wetter.
As for sides, then some green vegetables are a great addition. I’d usually go for some frozen peas if I were honest.
A classic Minced Lamb Shepherd's pie recipe is a simple affair of a meat "ragu" cooked under a rich mashed potato lid. It is homely, simple and requires zero chefy skills just solid home cooking!
- 350g (12oz) Minced Lamb
- 175g (1⅓ Cup) Carrot
- 175g (1¼ Cup) Onion
- 75 g (½ Cup) Celery
- 250ml (½ Cup) Lamb Stock
- ½ Tsp Salt (Plus extra for boiling potatoes)
- ½ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Tomato Puree
- 2 Tbsp Mint Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 400g (2½-3 Cups) Potatoes
- 100g (7 Tbsp) Butter
- 2 Egg Yolks
- Bring a pan of generously salted water to boil.
- Peel and cut the potatoes into evenly sized cubes and boil until cooked. This will take between 15 and 25 mins depending on how large you cut your potatoes.
- Heat a dry (not non-stick) frying pan (28cm or 11") over a medium-high heat and when hot add the lamb.
- Cook until well browned then season with the salt and pepper.
- Dice the carrot, onion and celery into a 4-5mm dice.
- Add the chopped carrot, onion and celery to the mix along with the stock.
- Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes.
- By now your potatoes should be ready to drain, then either mash them or push them through a potato ricer.
- Add the butter and mix before allowing it to cool for 10 minutes.
- Add the tomato puree, mint sauce, Worcestershire sauce and pepper to the lamb mixture.
- Stir, taste and add more salt if required and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Transfer the lamb mixture to a 15cm x 20cm (6"x8") ovenproof dish.
- Mix the egg yolks with the mashed potato.
- Pipe the potato over the lamb using a star-shaped nozzle or spread it over the top and then rough up with a fork.
- Bake in the oven at 200°C or 400°F for 30 minutes or until the top goes golden.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 844Total Fat: 56gSaturated Fat: 29gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 310mgSodium: 554mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 6gSugar: 12gProtein: 38g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.