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This comforting Shepherd's Pie consists of a layer of chicken mince with vegetables, a light sprinkle of cheese and creamy mashed potatoes on top.
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5 from 2 votes

Shepherd's Pie

This comforting Shepherd’s Pie consists of a layer of chicken mince with vegetables, a light sprinkle of cheese and creamy mashed potatoes on top.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Continental, International
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 24628kcal
Author: Kiran

Ingredients

For the Meat Filling

  • 2 - 3 tablespoon oil
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 600 grams chicken mince or beef mince lean mince, fat removed
  • 2 capsicum finely chopped
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 small tomatoes boiled & skin removed or 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes or to taste
  • 1 cup chicken stock or chicken cube dissolved in 1 cup water
  • ½ can (10.5 oz) of corn drained
  • ½ cup peas (frozen or fresh)

For the Potato Topping

  • 100 grams cheddar or mozzarella cheese grated
  • 1 kg potatoes peeled and cut in quarters
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup / 100 ml of cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes optional
  • chili flakes for garnish
  • green or black olives for garnish
  • sliced jalapenos for garnish
  • corn for garnish

Instructions

For Meat Filling:

  • Heat oil in a large heavy pot. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds till color changes. Add onion and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add chicken mince (or beef mince) and sauté till color changes from pink to white.
  • Add carrots, capsicum and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the boiled tomatoes (or tomato paste) and mash into the mixture to release juices.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, red chili flakes, flour and chicken stock. Cook for about 10 minutes till the mixture thickens and the chicken mince is cooked through.
  • Add corn and peas right at the end. Cook for about 2 minutes and taste to adjust seasonings if required. Set aside.

For Potato Topping:

  • In the meanwhile wash, peel and cut potatoes in quarters. Place a large pot of water on boil and add potatoes along with a teaspoon of salt.
  • Cook potatoes till tender. Check by inserting a knife into the potatoes and if it passes through easily, the potatoes are done.
  • Once potatoes are soft, remove from heat and strain in a colander, then transfer to a large bowl.Mash potatoes with a potato masher or a fork.
  • Add cream, butter, and egg yolk to potatoes.
  • Continue mixing till potatoes are smooth. Season with salt, pepper and red chili flakes.

Assembly:

  • Pre-heat oven to 200 C.
  • Spoon the meat mixture into a large casserole dish – can be square or round as per your personal preference. Sprinkle grated cheese on top.
  • Top with mashed potatoes. Make sure that the edges are properly covered else the mixture will boil up from the sides. Garnish with olives, corn, jalapenos and red chili flakes.
  • Keep Shepherd’s pie in oven for 5-10 minutes till heated through and then under the broiler for 5 minutes so the potatoes are nicely browned from the edges.
  • If planning to serve the Shepherd’s Pie after a couple of hours then put it in the fridge for 45 minutes before serving. Cook in a pre-heated oven for about 45 minutes till heated through, bubbling and browned. Serve hot.

Notes

Though the Shepherd’s Pie can be assembled in advance, freezing is not recommended as exposure to such low temperatures tend to make potatoes lose water.

Nutrition

Calories: 24628kcal
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