Tabba's Shepherd's Pie
Member recipe by tabahey
My version of a traditional hearty pie with added vegies, different flavours and a twist on top.
- 1 brown onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1 medium carrot
- 2 tomatos
- 1 large sweet potato
- 200g mushrooms
- 4 large potatos
- 500g mince
- 2 pieces shortcut bacon (or one whole peice)
- 2 cups beef stock
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 cup red wine
- salt + pepper
- a few sprigs of thyme
- 40g butter
- 1/4 cup milk
- Dice carrot, zucchini, and mushroom and keep aside. Chop tomatos. Finely chop onion, garlic and bacon. Heat small amount of oil in a pot large enough to fit in all ingredients except potatos. Saute onion and garlic until soft, add bacon and mince.
- Add zucchini, carrot and mushroom, cooking on a medium heat for around 10 minutes to soften a little.
- Add tomato paste and fry for 1 minute, then add wine to deglaze pan, then add worcester, stock, balsamic vinegar, thyme leaves, salt + pepper and tomato, adding a little water if the mix looks too dry. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 20-30 minutes or until flavours have been brought out.
- While that simmers, peel and chop potato and sweet potato into large chunks. Put in sauce pan in cold salted water and boil unil tender. Drain and seperate potatos/sweet potato.
- Add milk and half of butter to potatos and mash or put through a ricer until creamy. Season with salt + nutmeg +pepper to taste. In a seperate container, mash sweet potato with other half of butter and nutmeg + selt + pepper to taste.
- When you are happy with the taste of the mince mix, add a little (a 2-3 tbspns) flour to thicken sauce, then pour into a casserole dish.
- . Fill a piping bag with the mashed potato. Pipe rows on the mince, leaving every second space empty. Then empty out most of the remaining potato from the piping bag ( small amounts on the sides wont hurt ) and fill it with sweet potato, filling up the gaps on top of the pie so you should have a checkered pattern of white and orange.
- Bake in an oven at 180 degrees until browned nicely on top.
- If you don't have that much time or can't be bothered piping or with 2 kinds of potato, just one will be fine if you double the amount of whichever you choose. And it can be just smothered on top in a thick layer if you so desire. If so, you could make patterns in the mash with a fork, making little potato peaks which 1 look pretty and 2 go nice and crunchy.