The Super Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie

Let me tell you. This is the cheesiest of all cheeses shepherd’s pie.

Buttery, spicy (or mild – up to you), warm and full of velvety, soft mashed potatoes, this comfort food is one of the most easiest and simplest meals you can make.

So give this a try and let me know how it turns out! Trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed. 

Ingredients:

3 tbsp olive oil 

1 large onion, chopped

3-5 cloves garlic, chopped 

1 tsp salt 

1tsp black pepper

1 tsp paprika 

1 tsp Chilli powder (optional)

1 tsp dried basil  

1 tsp mustard 

½ tsp oregano 

3 Oxo cubes (I use the vegetable ones but you may use any)

500g of lamb mince 

¾ tin of chopped tomatoes 

1kg potato, cut into chunks orbuy 3 packets of readymade mash potato

90g butter only required if making your own mash potato)

4tbsp milk only required if making your own mash potato)

150g-200g of your favourite cheese

Method:

  1. Heat 3tbp of olive oil in a medium saucepan and then soften 1 chopped onion and 3-5 cloves chopped of garlic until golden.
  2. Add 1 tsp of salt, black pepper, paprika, chilli powder (optional), dried basil and mix
  3. Add 500g of lamb meat and brown, tipping off any excess fat
  4. Add 1 tsp of mustard, ½ tsp of oregano and crumble in 3 Oxo cubes and mix
  5. Add 3/5 tin of chopped tomatoes and bring to simmer, then cover and cook for 30 minutes, uncovering halfway
  6. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/ fan 160/C gas 4, then make the mash. Boil the 1kg of potato, cut into chunks, in salted water for 10-15 minutes until tender. Drain, then mash with 90kg of butter and 4 tbsp milk.(If you wish to skip this step then buy 3 packets of the readymade mash potato available in supermarkets)
  7. Taste the mince and season accordingly.
  8. Put the mince into an oven proof dish and add a layer of your favourite cheese on top. Top this with mash and ruffle with a fork. Add a final layer of cheese. This pie can now be chilled and frozen for up to a month.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden and the mince is bubbling through at the edges. (To bake from frozen, cook at 160C/fan or 140C/gas for 1hr -1hr 20 mins until piping hot in the centre)
  10. Leave to stand for 5 mins before serving

2 thoughts on “The Super Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie

  1. Oh my gosh! This looks so good. Love Shepherd’s Pie. I’m used to a bag of mixed veg dumped in (peas and carrots mostly) which I don’t particularly like. Peas are all right. Easy too!
    But no, this is perfect. Meat and Potatoes. Cheese. Great seasonings. What more is there to want… except a little chocolate? I found the recipe for Chocolate Rice Crispy Cakes…
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I’ll be back to visit yours!

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