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Lamb Shepherds Pie with Mushroom & Red Wine Sauce

Discussion in 'Geek Recipes' started by FromPaul, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. FromPaul

    FromPaul Member

    Oct 14, 2006
    So tonight I tried my hand at a Lamb Shepherds Pie, since my grandmother has been nagging me to try it I kind of had to, plus Dad loves potato, anything as an excuse really. And since Dad also loves shrooms, the sauce kinda had to be mushroom, which explains why it has 1/2 kg mushrooms in it.

    Shepherds Pie
    1kg Lamb Mince (leaner the better)
    1.5kg Floury Potatoes
    3 stalks celery
    1 large onion
    2 large carrots (or 4 small ones)
    1 can diced tomato
    2 tbsp tomato paste
    2 cloves garlic
    1/2 cup red wine (was forced to use red goon as dad polished off the bottle before I got a chance to use it)
    1 tbsp thyme
    1 bay leaf
    1.5tbsp plain flour
    1/4 cup olive oil
    milk for mashing
    butter for mashing

    Mushroom + Red Wine Sauce
    500g Mushrooms
    1/2 cup red wine (see above)
    knob of butter (I used bugger all butter since Dad hates the stuff, and watched me like a hawk to make sure i couldn't sneak in some more)
    1.5 cups beef stock
    salt and pepper to suit yourself
    3 tbsp cold water

    Assemble Ingredients

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    Get chopping with celery, carrots and onion

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    Saute the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, 1/2 the oil and the bay leaf for about 7 minutes, then remove and place aside, also remove the bay leaf now.

    Brown the mince with the other 1/2 the oil (no photo sorry), 6 minutes later add in the flour, cook for a minute, add in the goon, cook 2-3 minutes.

    Add in the veggies, diced tomato and tomato paste, reduce, cover simmer, for about 35-40 minutes.

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    Get your spuds, clean them, cut into chunks, and boil in salted water for about 25 minutes or until they fall off the fork.

    Drain and mash the spuds

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    This is where I fucked up, as Dad volunteered his 50 + years of mashing spuds (also he wanted to make sure I didn't try sneaking in some butter) and he cocked it up royally.

    While your Dad is fubaring the spuds, slice your mushrooms into whatever shape you want, either sliced or quartered

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    Preheat your oven to 180c

    Now assemble your pie, grab a big baking dish, lay the meat on the bottom and the mash on the top, fluff the surface so you'll get tonnes of small burnt crunchy bits, which is what you want in a shepherds pie (grandma said so)

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    I'd have more photo's but I got kinda rushed at this point, I blame Dad for ruining the good vibe I had going. Anyway, chuck your pie into the oven at 180c for 30minutes and get started on the sauce.

    Deglaze the pan with the beef stock and red wine and chuck in your 500g of mushrooms, and saute the whole thing down slowly. Add in the butter about 5 mins out from serving and thicken the sauce with some flour mixed in cold water, also add salt + pepper to taste, so I was grinding for 2 minutes until the flavour was right. Trying to take a photo of steam rising off the surface is impossible with a p&s camera, so I gave up and this is all that came out.

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    Serve it up

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    Spoon it out:

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    Eat It:
    Self explanatory, was pretty nice, kinda wish i'd done the spuds myself as it would have been much better texture wise, the sauce makes up for the fuckup with the spuds, very nice flavour in the sauce.

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    This will probably serve 8, so either have 7 friends come over or fridge the leftovers for tomorrow's dinner, it'll reheat a treat.

    If you care about $$$ per serve, it came out to about $3.40 per serve spread over 8 serves, obviously it would have been more if I hadn't used goon and dad hadn't drunk the bottle before i'd a chance to use it.

    If you use frozen mince (say you bought some at a bargain) watch out when defrosting it as you'll want to get rid of all the water you can or the meat will become a swamp and the flavour will be swamped along with it

    You can try beef mince as well, say 4 star mince would be fine, I dunno about the thyme in that dish but it can't be all that wrong.

    Anyway, other than the time taken, (i used the breaks to get ahead of the washing up), it's a fun recipe to make, it's not like it requires tonnes of skill, the only drag was washing, peeling and prepping the veggies, that took about 30 minutes by itself. From start to finish it was 2 hours 15 minutes.
  2. Adro85

    Adro85 Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    I love shepherd's pie, glad winter is coming up so I can make it although I've never tried before. I reckon I'd be a chance of bunging all the meat and veg in the slow cooker for a few hours and then sticking it in the oven under mash for awhile.


    Shepherd's pie is lamb only! With beef mince it's a cottage pie :)
  3. gazzamcgazza

    gazzamcgazza Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    Perth, 6084
    Interesting take with the mushies. I normally add a little peas and corn to the beef mince, so everything is in the pie. Make it harder for the mrs to pick all the good stuff out!!!

    Im giving your variation a go tonight as I have an extra hour up my sleeve.
  4. OP

    FromPaul Member

    Oct 14, 2006
    Yeah the sauce is really only there to not waste the pan juices left over after you've finished simmering the meat + veg, it'd be criminal to let those go to waste, even if you just made gravy using them. You could make any number of sauces with those juices as a base and it'd improve every single one of them.

    But the real trick in the whole thing to fluff the top of the mash as much as you can, so you get as many Burnt Crunchy Bits as possible, very important.

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