Mel and Mal's Shepherds Pie

Ingredients
  • 400g prime lamb mince
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsps worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp of beef boullion concentrate
  • 1 tin of Italian tomatoes
  • 1/2 yellow & 1/2 red pepper,deseeded and cut into strips
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 50ml red wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 75g mushrooms, halved
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
  • For the topping:
  • 3 large Maris Piper potatoes, quartered
  • 50g butter
  • 25ml milk or cream
  • 25g grated cheese (optional)

Although the majority of the dish is prepared in the conventional way, you can still use the halogen to finish it off. Alternatively, though it takes an extra 15 minutes, pop in the conventional oven. Either way, it delicious!

This is a dish that can be eaten all year round but this is the luxurious version of Shepherds Pie, so don't be afraid to serve this at your dinner parties or while you are on holiday at the caravan - don't forget that you can take your mobile Halogen Oven anywhere!

Serves : 6        Prep/Cooking Time : 2 hrs 45 mins

Instructions

Cook the Meat

In a heavy based saucepan or casserole dish, add the olive oil and heat until hot.

Add the mince and sear on a med/high heat, turning frequently and continue to cook for 20 mins until browned.

Add the onions and continue to cook for a further 10 mins until onions have softened, on a low heat. Add the carrots, bayleaf and garlic and cook for 3 mins.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, balsamic and red wine and cook over a med heat for 4 mins.

Add all the rest of the ingredients, cover and leave to simmer for an hour on a low heat.

For the Topping

Place the potatoes in a pan of boiling salted water and boil until just softened.

Drain off the water, return to same pan and put over a low heat to absorb any surplus liquid taking care not to "catch" the potatoes on the bottom of the pan.

Pass the potatoes through a ricer, into a large bowl, add the butter and the milk and using an electric hand whisk, blitz until smooth.

Season to taste

To Finish

Spoon the meat into a serving dish, smooth the potatoes over the top, crimp with a fork, add grated cheese to the top and place into either the conventional oven at 200°C for 45 minutes or the halogen oven on the lower rack for at 220°C for about 30 mins until golden brown

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