Shepherd’s Pie

Looking for a quick weeknight meal to warm you up? Look no further than our humble Shepherd’s Pie.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 4

  • 600g Beef mince
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tbsp plain flour optional to thicken sauce, cornflour can also be used
  • 1 Cup mixed vegetables
  • 1 Cup beef stock
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp gravox (gravy powder)
  • 1 Tsp minced garlic
  • Mixed herbs and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkling of Lawry’s seasoning if available

For mashed potatoes

  • 3 Medium size potatoes
  • 1 Tsp Chives
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 Cup milk

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Procedure: (with images)

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Dice onion.
  3. Heat oil in pan and add onion. Cook for 1 minute, while stirring.
  4. Add mince and cook over medium heat.
  5. Chop potatoes into quarter pieces, then add to a medium-sized saucepan and cover with water. Bring it to boil and cook over high heat for 15-20 minutes. I know my potatoes are done when I can easily stick a fork into them.
  6. As meat and potatoes are cooking, microwave vegetables according to packet directions. Set aside.
  7. When meat has just browned, turn heat to low and add Lawry’s seasoning.

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  1. Add beef stock, woistershire sauce, tomato paste, gravox, garlic, mixed herbs, pepper to the mince and simmer on low for 10 minutes allowing the flavours to blend. Then turn off the burner.

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  1. Once potatoes are done, remove them from the heat. Drain potatoes, return to pan and add milk, chives and butter. Mash until potatoes are smooth and fluffy. Set aside.

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  1. Lightly grease pie dish with olive oil spray or butter.
  2. Pour the meat into the pie dish.

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  1. Using a spatula, spread potato over meat until pie is covered.
  2. Cook the pie on the highest oven rack available for 15-20 minutes until potato on top is slightly crispy.

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  1. Serve with some toasty bread!

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Recipe quick view
Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Dice onion.
  3. Heat oil in pan and add onion. Cook for 1 minute, while stirring.
  4. Add mince and cook over medium heat.
  5. Chop potatoes into quarter pieces, then add to a medium-sized saucepan and cover with water. Bring it to boil and cook over high heat for 15-20 minutes. I know my potatoes are done when I can easily stick a fork into them.
  6. As meat and potatoes are cooking, microwave vegetables according to packet directions. Set aside.
  7. When meat has just browned, turn heat to low and add Lawry’s seasoning.
  8. Add beef stock, woistershire sauce, tomato paste, gravox, garlic, mixed herbs, pepper to the mince and simmer on low for 10 minutes allowing the flavours to blend. Then turn off the burner.
  9. Once potatoes are done, remove them from the heat. Drain potatoes, return to pan and add milk, chives and butter. Mash until potatoes are smooth and fluffy. Set aside.
  10. Lightly grease pie dish with olive oil spray or butter.
  11. Pour the meat into the pie dish.
  12. Using a spatula, spread potato over meat until pie is covered.
  13. Cook the pie on the highest oven rack available for 15-20 minutes until potato on top is slightly crispy.
  14. Serve with some toasty bread!

Leftovers
Chill!:Keep covered in fridge for up to 3 days.
Heat!:Heat in individual portions for 2 minutes.
Freeze!:Though this dish is best consumed fresh, freezing is possible. Reheat from frozen, do not thaw!

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Everyone loves a good burger. This recipe calls for a few extra ingredients, but most of it should already be in your pantry. These hamburger patties are full and moist, so no dried out burgers here! This recipe will serve 4-5 people, but in the comments section I will post the normal recipe I use for just B and I.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients // Yield approximately 10 patties

  • 900g premium beef mince
  • 2 onions
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 Tsp beef stock powder
  • 1/4 Cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 Cup barbeque sauce
  • 2 Tsp dijon or honey mustard
  • 3 Tsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 Cup breadcrumbs
  • 3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp mixed herbs
  • 2  Tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 10 slices of cheese
  • 10 hamburger buns
  • Pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of Lawry’s seasoning (optional)

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This is one of G Judy’s signature dishes. My attempt doesn’t even come close, but I am thankful she was willing to share her recipe with me. These meatballs are fantastic, make great leftovers and go perfect with angel hair pasta.

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 6 hours on low heat

Ingredients // Yield 6+

  • 1 kg lean beef mince (or 1/2 kg veal & 1/2 pork mince)
  • 500g Angel Hair pasta
  • 1/4 Tsp sage
  • 1/4 Tsp parsley
  • 1/4 Tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 Tsp thyme
  • 1 Small onion
  • 1 Tsp garlic
  • 1 Cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tsp milk
  • 1 kg jar of your favourite pasta sauce
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • A sprinkling of garlic powder

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An incredibly tasty meal that requires so little effort! If you want to make a big batch for a family dinner or leftovers, simply double the recipe 🙂

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 6 Sloppy Joes

  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tsp garlic
  • 600g Beef mince
  • 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can puréed tomatoes (410g)
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tsp Lawry’s Seasoning (or other steak seasoning)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp thyme
  • Sprinkling of cloves
  • Pepper to taste
  • 6 hamburger buns

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 6-8 servings

  • 575g jar of Leggo’s spinach and garlic pastabake sauce
  • 500g pasta (we use large shells)
  • 425g tin of tuna
  • 1 cup of frozen vegetables
  • 1 cup grated tasty or shredded cheese
  • Parmesan cheese (to serve)

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Our creamy chicken pie goes so well with Mashed Potatoes.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 4 slices of good size pie

  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • Spray oil (for greasing the pie dish)
  • 600g chicken breast
  • 3 bacon rashers
  • 1 Small onion
  • 1 Cup frozen vegetables (we use peas and corn)
  • 1 Tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp plain flour
  • 1 Cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 Cup cream
  • Pepper to taste
  • Lawry’s (or substitute steak seasoning)
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 1 sheet of shortcrust pastry (you can omit or use puff pastry on the base too if so desired. Also, I use store bought shortcrust/puff pastry, but if you have time to make your own I strongly encourage you to do so.)
  • *Optional 1/4 cup white wine.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 4-5

  • 600g chicken breast
  • 500g fettuccine
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • Lawry’s seasoning
  • 2 Tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp plain flour
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup cream (thickened or pure)
  • 1/4 cup of white wine*
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tsp basil
  • 1 Tsp parsley (plus additional parsley to serve on top)
  • 1/4 Tsp onion powder
  • Pepper (for seasoning)

*Optional.
If you like more herbs, feel free to add them

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