Step 1: You will need
- 500 g potatoes for mashing
- 50 g grated cheddar cheese
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 sticks of celery, sliced
- 1 kg minced mutton (sheep)
- 30 ml beef broth or stock
- 1 tbsp flour combined with 1 tbsp of butter
- 150 g butter
- salt and pepper to season
- 100 ml milk
- 1 large skillet
- 1 large saucepan
- 1 baking dish 15cm deep
- 1 bowl
- 1 spatula or spoon
- 1 strainer
- 1 potato masher
Step 2: Sauté the onions
Put some oil in a skillet and sauté the onions. When they are soft and starting to brown, remove them from the skillet using a slotted spoon and set to one side.
Step 3: Prepare the carrots and celery
Sauté the carrots and celery until they start to brown.
Step 4: Pre-heat the oven
Set the temperature of the oven at 220ºC.
Step 5: Sauté the meat
Heat the oil with 50 grams of butter and add the meat, stirring it until it browns.
Step 6: Add the vegetables
As it browns add the carrots and celery.
Step 7: Add the stock
When the meat has browned add the stock and stir well.
Step 8: Thicken with butter/flour
Stir in the butter and flour mixture to thicken the stock. Cook for a further couple of minutes and set the pan to one side.
Step 9: Cook the potatoes
Boil the potatoes in salted water until soft.
Step 10: Make potato purée
When the potatoes are soft, drain out the water and mash them with half of the remaining butter and grated cheese. If it is too thick add a little milk. When it has reached a smooth consistency stir in a pinch of salt and pepper to season.
Step 11: Add the onions
Stir in the sautéed onions
Step 12: Prepare the dish for the oven
Transfer the meat into the baking dish. Spread it out to make an even layer. Spoon over the mashed potato and tease the surface with a fork to create some texture. To finish, brush on the last of the melted butter.
Step 13: Bake the shepherds pie
Place the shepherds pie in the oven and back for half an hour.
Step 14: VIDEOJUG TIP
Check the shepherds pie from time to time to make sure the potato isn't burning
Step 15: Serving suggestion
This is a complete meal in itself and you shouldn't need anything else but if you like it can be served with peas.