Michelle's shepherd's pie

  • Posted on: 25 September 2009
  • By: David Thrale

A variation on traditional English shepherds pie, with an exotic topping and more vegetable content than usual. We love it! Feeds 4 - 6 people.


Ingredient Metric Imperial
Potato, squash, pumpkin, sweet potato 1kg 2 lb
Garlic (optional) 2 cloves
Pepper and seasoning salt To taste
Margarine or butter 100g 4 oz
Milk 50cl 2 fl oz
Cheese 50g 2 oz
Minced lamb 700 g 1½ lb
Worcestershire or Soy sauce 2 tablespoons
Mixed herbs / coriander / thyme / rosemary or mint
Onions 450g 1 lb
Mushrooms 250g ½ lb
Large sweet peppers (capsicums) 3 3


Peel the potatoes, squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Cut any seeds out. Wash them all. Boil potatoes in water for five minutes. After five minutes add squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Do not over cook. Coarsely chop onions, sweet peppers (capsicums), tomatoes and mushrooms. Lightly fry in olive oil. Wash the minced meat. Place in a large mixing bowl. Add salt, pepper, herbs to taste. For lamb add mint. For beef add rosemary. Add Worcestershire or soy sauce. Mix well. Heat a large wok / Dutch pot. Do not add any oil - the fat in the mince will provide enough. Add the seasoned meat and cook on a medium heat until there are no red bits visible anywhere in the meat. Add the lightly fried vegetables. Mix well. Put the potatoes, squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes in a large dish. Add the butter or margarine and the milk. Mash and add salt and pepper to taste. Place the meat in a large oven proof dish. Layer the potatoes, squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes on top. Grate or slice the cheese and place on top, covering all the potatoes. Place a sliced tomato on top of the cheese. Place in the oven at 220° centigrade for 30 minutes. When cooked the pie will be bubbling. Optionally place under the grill for one or two minutes after cooking to give the cheese topping a nice crispy texture.



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I came across your site quite by accident as I was looking for a recipe for shepherds pie, but I found it quite fascinating and very well designed.

Great job!! It must take a lot of work to research something like this and
so far back in time.

Ajit Krishnamohan

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