Shepherd’s pie is a traditional dish from England made with lamb mince meat. But if you cannot get lamb, mince steak or turkey are good choices too.
This dish is very easy to prepare – since it’s my daughter who always cooks it – lol! The ingredients are fairly simple. However, if you want a nice finish and professional touch, you would need a cake decoration piping bag with a large nozzle for the mash potatoes on top.
1 and 1/2 pounds of minced meat – beef or a combination of beef and turkey
2 — 3 chicken, beef or vegetable stock cubes to 3 cups water
1 small packet snow peas
3 to 4 large baking potatoes
2 large onions
2- 3 garlic cloves
1 – 2 tbsp butter
fresh cream – light or heavy
1 tsp corn starch
This is what American butter looks like. It is conveniently labelled so if you want to use cup, tbsp or oz you can easily cut the butter into the right quantity. So clever!
1. Chop onions into small cubes. Remove the skin of the garlic.
2. Sauté the onions and garlic in a little oil for five minutes on very gentle heat.
3. Put in the meat and continue to lightly fry for 10 minutes.
4. Dissolve the stock cube in hot water.
5. Dissolve the corn starch in a small amount of cold water. The corn starch will help to thicken the casserole.
6. Pour the stock and corn starch into the meat and let it gently simmer till the meat is cooked through and the liquid is slightly reduced.
7. Meanwhile, boil the peeled potatoes.
8. When potatoes are soft, discard the water and simply make mash potatoes with a little cream and butter.
9. Now, remove meat from the pot and put the meat in a casserole dish.
10. Add a layer of snow peas on top. You can part cook the snow peas if you want them really soft for the pie.
11. Now, add a layer of mash potato.
12. To finish off, my daughter laced the edge of the pie with mash potatoes and sprinkle chess in the middle.
13. The pie is cooked at 380°F for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and then broil (or grill) for 5 minutes until cheese is lightly brown.
14. Serve hot!