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: 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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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)
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  • 1/2 Tsp thyme
  • Sprinkling of cloves
  • Pepper to taste
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