Shepherd's Pie with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Classic dish loved by many. Gorgeous minced lamb stewed gently with variety of vegetables and roasted garlic enhancing the flavour of mashed potato topping makes for wonderful feast at any time of year.
Cut the top off entire head of garlic so that you can see the cloves, sprinkle with salt, drizzle with olive oil and roast wrapped in foil at 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for 40min.
Shepherd's Pie Filling
Heat a glug of oil in a large pot with a lid and sautee prepared chopped vegetables (onions, celery, carrots and broccoli stalk) until soft but not coloured approx. 5 min
Add minced lamb and sautee it together with vegetables for approx 10 min. Make sure you break it up with wooden spoon as it cooks.
Add thyme or rosemary, bay leaves, tomato paste and flour. Stir briefly and slowly start adding hot lamb stock stirring everything slowly with wooden spoon until you've used up all the stock. Add Worcestershire sauce, cover pot with the lid (leaving small opening for some steam to escape) and let it simmer for approx. 30 min. Season to taste with salt and pepper and perhaps some more Worcestershire sauce.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potato Topping
Boil the potatoes in a large pan of salted water until cooked. Drain well and mash with butter and milk. Squeeze roasted garlic out and onto the potatoes and mix well.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Transfer the pie filling to the ovenproof pie dish, top with mashed potato and sprinkle with some grated cheddar. Bake for approx. 25-30 min until golden and bubbly. Serve with your choice of vegetables or salad. Enjoy!
If you decide to go for the version of shephard's pie without roasted garlic mashed potato you may want to adapt the recipe as follows:
Add 2 crushed garlic cloves to the pie filling when sautéing the vegetables for a bit of garlic flavour as you won't have it in your mash.
When you finish simmering your filling you might want to add 400g tin of baked beans (right before you are ready to transfer the filling to your pie dish). It might be an unexpected addition but very tasty.