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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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients // Yield 6+

  • 1kg Hashbrowns thawed
  • 1 Small onion
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1 Cup of grated cheese
  • 1 Can Campbells cream of chicken soup 420g
  • Pepper to taste

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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
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  • Pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of Lawry’s seasoning (optional)

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

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Over the weekend we had a few guests visiting so I thought it’d be fun to get them involved in making the dessert. Now this recipe is to my liking and tastes, so if you can’t handle the sweetness, omit sugar and use less cinnamon.

Ingredients // Yield 16

  • 1 can sliced apple*
  • 1/3 cup Caster sugar
  • 8 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon**
  • ½ tsp Cloves**
  • Icing sugar
  • 1 Tbsp milk (for brushing the pastry)
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*Granny Smith apples may be used as a substitute. I find canned apple tastes just as good and saves me SO much time.
**1 tsp Pumpkin Pie spice can be used as replacement for cinnamon and cloves.

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