18 November 2009

Shepherds pie

This is a quick one pot dish. Great for cooking on a week night with fresh winter produce - potatoes, onions and carrots.

Serves 4

1 lb ground meat - I used mutton
3 large pototoes, peeled and cubed into 1/2" pieces
1 large yellow onion, cubed into 1/2" pieces
1 cup string beans, chopped in 1 inch pieces
1 cup of carrots chopped into 1/4" pieces
2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 tsp crushed red pepper
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsps of butter
2 tsps fresh thyme
1 tbsp of fresh cream
  1. Steam cubed potatoes until they are cooked through. Mash them with cream, salt, pepper and thyme . I used my food processor.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 deg.
  3. Heat some oil in an oven safe pot. Saute onions and garlic with salt until they are slightly browned and translucent.
  4. Add carrots and beans and cook for 5 more mins.
  5. Add the meat, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Cook until the meat is brown. Add 2 tbsps of water if the meat mix is completely dry.
  6. Turn off the heat and layer the mashed potatoes over the meat and onions. Bake in the oven for 20 mins or until the top layer is golden-brown.
  7. Garnish with fresh thyme. I served this with a side of sauteed chard.

Note: Consider adding peas to this recipe as well. I didn't have any on hand.

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