A Good Old English Shepherds Pie Recipe

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This is my first Instructable, its a recipe for shepherds pie that was taught to me by my mother when I was young. As I have grown up I have made some of my own additions and changes to it.

I hope you like it.
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Step 1: The Ingredients

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Heres what you'll need to make shepherds pie;

500g Lamb Mince
1 Handful of Mint
1 Medium Onion
6 Medium Potatoes
4 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
4 or 5 Medium Carrots
3 Anchovy Fillets
Salt & Pepper
50g Butter
1 Egg Yolk
Olive Oil
1/2 Glass Red Wine
Dried Rosemary
400ml Lamb or Veg Stock
2 Large Handfuls of Frozen Peas
Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp Brown Sugar

Step 2: Lets Get Started!!

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Slice the onion.
I prefer to slice it as then you get larger pieces in the final product adding texture to the dish.

Fry the sliced onion in olive oil and 1/2 the butter (the oil stops the butter from burning).

Step 3: More Stuff with the Onion.

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Fry the onion until it starts to brown then add 1 tsp brown sugar and stir.

Step 4: Balsamic

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Add 4 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar and reduce it down until it become thick and syrup like.

Then add a large pinch of dried rosemary. If you have fresh rosemary add that later on when you add the mint so it doesn't loose its fresh flavor.

Step 5: Anchovy Time

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Once the vinegar has reduced add the 3 anchovies and stir until they have melted into your onion mix.

It may sound odd to be adding anchovy to lamb, but they really work together. It doesn't make the end result fishy in anyway, it help enrich the sauce.

*Next time you roast a lamb joint, before cooking it cut a few slits in the lamb and stuff them with some anchovies (not fresh... never fresh anchovies!). The fish will melt away in the heat and add a great rich flavor to your lamb*.

After the anchovy add 1/2 glass of red wine and reduce until thick and syrup like.

Have a glass of wine yourself.

acuchetto1 year ago
Any non-alcoholic substitute suggestions for the 1/2 glass of wine?
forestpagan6 years ago
looks good - if you grate cheese over the potato it becomes cumberland pie...apparently ;)
PKTraceur6 years ago
Nice recipe. Can you get conversions though? it would help loads.
under the potatoes, i would suggest adding corn,cheese, and maybe a little more meat.
English shepherd's pie looks good, in Quebec we top a layer of minced meat, a layer of kerneled corn and a layer of mashed potatoes, this is the basic but there is many variations. I'll definitely try this one though, makes me think of what my granny used to cook.
Darren.7 years ago
You should try putting graded cheese underneath the Potatoes. that tastes good
gavnet (author)  Darren.7 years ago
I bet... A cheesy surprise.
carpespasm7 years ago
A good thing to do is to shake plenty of paprika over top. I need some sheperd's pie now......
gavnet (author)  carpespasm7 years ago
That sounds great, I shall give it a go. My mum likes to put grated cheese on top before putting it in the oven, might be worth a try. Thanks.
Mr. Rig It7 years ago
This is one of the best recipes I have seen so far on Instructables. You have made it look so easy and it looks soooo GOOD! Great job on a first instructable, it is well written, the photos are great, capitalization and grammar are in good order. I will be look out for more form you. Great Job!
gavnet (author)  Mr. Rig It7 years ago
Thank you, I'm looking forward to doing my next Instructable... I just need to think of one now.
Tasty looking recipe, but by Her Majesty's decree, you are obligated to insert the caption, "Shaky shaky; Wakey wakey" , in the Worcestershire sauce photo in step 6.
Fantastic! I haven't had shephard's pie in years, but now I MUST!
Llewellyn7 years ago
yummmm. i want some right now...
chalky7 years ago
that looks like a mighty fine shepherds pie matey:) my mouth is watering mmmmmmmm