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Tabba's Shepherd's Pie

By tabahey (GoodFood Community)
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  • Serves 5
My version of a traditional hearty pie with added vegies, different flavours and a twist on top.
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Ingredients

  • 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
  • nutmeg
  • 40g butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Oil

Method

  • STEP 1
    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.
  • STEP 2
    Add zucchini, carrot and mushroom, cooking on a medium heat for around 10 minutes to soften a little.
  • STEP 3
    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.
  • STEP 4
    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.
  • STEP 5
    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.
  • STEP 6
    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.
  • STEP 7
    . 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.
  • STEP 8
    Bake in an oven at 180 degrees until browned nicely on top.
  • STEP 9
    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.
  • STEP 10
    And it can be just smothered on top in a thick layer if you so desire.
  • STEP 11
    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.
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