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Ingredients

How to make it

  • In a large non-stick casserole dish heat 1 oz of dripping or oil. Add the large onion and cook for 5 mins.
  • Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, heat a little olive oil and fry the mince up evenly and cook until browned. While the meat is frying, break up any lumps with the back of the spoon.
  • Add the carrots and continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes.
  • meanwhile, in the casserole dish stir the onions and add the wild mushrooms, 1 tablespoon of plain flour (this helps to thicken the juices) and stir. Mix well and add 2 bay leaves, 2-3 sprigs of thyme and the anchovy essence and stir.
  • To the onion mix add the chopped tomatoes,red wine ,stock (keep a little aside, for putting into the mince pan to de-glaze) and Worcester sauce.
  • Add the cooked mince & carrots to the onion mix and then pour the reserved stock into the empty mince pan, scraping off any bits of mince left in the pan. Pour the remaining stock into the pan containing the mince & onion mixture.
  • Bring the mixture to the boil, adding a pinch of pepper and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.
  • Boil the potatoes, sieve and put into a bowl. Add the butter and egg yolk, and mash together. Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Pour the meat into an ovenproof dish and spread the mash on top, smooth over and mark with a spatula. Sprinkle some parmasan over the top if you wish.
  • Put the dish into the oven-gas mark 6 until it is bubbling and golden.

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    " It was excellent "
    elgourmand ate it and said...
    Thanks for this mate. Been lookin for an honest Shepherd's Pie. Some will try to simplify this but that will diminish the flavor. Lookin forward to this. RJ
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    " It was excellent "
    mitchki ate it and said...
    made this for my husband last night. It was so yummy :) I made it with beef instead of lamb as he doesn't care for lamb, and it had a terrific rich flavor. Thanks!
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  • dutchie326 6 years ago
    Wow..this looks great. Thanks for putting it out there.
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    " It was good "
    debwin ate it and said...
    I don't care if it's traditional Shepherd's Pie or not...it will be on my dinner table this week.
    Thank's for the recipe
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    " It was good "
    veg ate it and said...
    ON THE MENU...THIS IS A KEEPER. THANK YOU
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  • nemo 6 years ago
    *mouthwatering*
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  • lor 6 years ago
    Mmmwaaaaaaaaaaaa... I didn't want to step on anyone's toes believe me. This recipe is not the one I recognized from childhood days but believe me, it still looks good and I am going to try it ;-) There are many adaptations of "Shepherd's Pie" just like "Stuffed Peppers" and "Chocolate Brownies" and "Blonde Brownies" and and and... It still looks good though and thank you! Cheers!!!
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  • bonzaichef 6 years ago
    There has got to be a different variation of this pie in all four corners of the globe. This recipe was basically meat, with a layer of potato on top & baked. Like any recipe, in time, will adapt to modern tastes & ingredients. But I can whole heartidly guarentee you, this is Shepherds pie:-))
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  • lor 6 years ago
    It looks delish but I have to agree with jackmuldoon - being of Irish/English decent. I still say it looks delicious though ;-)
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  • bonzaichef 6 years ago
    Your guess is as good as mine where it comes from:-))
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  • jackmuldoon 6 years ago
    I'm sorry, but this is not sheperds pie. This a concoction of the original. It might be British, but its definitely not Scotch Irish. I'll give you the true recipe. This dish was derived from the potato farmers whom were servants and sheperds to the lords of the estate.Their product of the land became the table fare of many dishes that we still eat and enjoy today.
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    " It was excellent "
    dictionaryduck ate it and said...
    This turned out as the best dish I've ever made. Thank you!
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    " It was excellent "
    riverznnd ate it and said...
    This is a very good recipe. I've made it twice and my husband just inhales it. It makes a goodly sized amount so Jack can heat up the leftovers at his leisure! :-) I've made a couple of comments about alterations I made the second time around with this lovely recipe.
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  • pilar 7 years ago
    This looks delicious ! It could also be prepared with leftovers.
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  • ali_marea 7 years ago
    I'll definitely be making this for my family this weekend. Just the perfect thing for cool weather.
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  • psy333che 7 years ago
    sounds like a great one for these cold days
    I have always wanted to make this and yours sounds delicious
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    " It was excellent "
    meltingwok ate it and said...
    bonzai you rock !! Shepherd's and Cottage pie bonus strike :) Way to go, mate :) Thanks for sharing, looks very yummy :) Yes, I got some worcestershire sauce left in my fridge, time to put it to use hehe :)
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