Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday Kitchen - Shepherds Pie

In today's Wednesday Kitchen, our JET Team leader Mandy of BeadsMe writes all the way from Australia to share her recipe for "throw it all in" Shepherds Pie.

This is a great meal for a working family, or if there are just two of you it will last a couple of days. My hubby and I work full time so when we get home we like to have a quick dinner then relax - so getting something together over the weekend means we have more time to cuddle up on the couch :)



My "throw it all in" recipe is kind to the purse - I can produce a meal that will last 2 days for only $20AUD (about $16 USD). You can also make different variations by adding onions, spices, any veggies, or other minced meat. It's an awesome recipe to play around with!

Ingredients


  • 500g minced meat (beef for Cottage Pie, or lamb for Shepherds Pie)
  • Couple of carrots, chopped in to small pieces
  • Packet frozen peas and corn
  • Potatoes (I used just a couple more than is pictured)
  • Packet of cottage pie mix (optional – you could just use gravy)
  • Tin chopped tomatoes




OK, let’s cook!


  1. Brown the mince
  2. Add mix or gravy, tin tomatoes and veggies
  3. Simmer for about 15 mins
  4. Pour meat mixture into pyrex or casserole dish/es (I use 2 pyrex dishes)
  5. Peel and chop potatoes, and boil until they are of a mashable consistency – usually about 20 to 30 minutes depending on size
  6. This is the time to sit and have a cuppa!
  7. Mash the potatoes – I add a bit of butter and a lot of grated cheese
  8. Spoon the mashed potatoes on top of the meat/veg mixture




  9. Optionally, slice tomatoes and lay on top of the meat before adding the potatoes
  10. Now just put aside until dinner time
  11. To cook, preheat your oven to about 180C and pop your ready meal in for about 30 minutes
  12. I top my pie with more grated cheese, to make it golden and crispy on top
  13. Voila – yummmmmmmmmm!




You can serve this on it’s own, with more veggies or salad, or just smother it in gravy. I love serving with gravy - the child in me comes out and I mix it all together so it looks like mush!

Tip – when cooking the meat and veg if the mix seems watery add some gravy granules. If it looks too thick just add a bit of water




Enjoy!
Mandy
Mandy of BeadsMe

14 comments :

capitalcitycrafts said...

One of my favorites! Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe.

Keystring said...

Great comfort food!

Urban Pearl Studio said...

This is one of my all time favorite meals - like a big old hug!!

Thank you for sharing this - my mouth is watering and I think I know what is on our menu this weekend!!

Urban Pearl Studio said...

This is one of my all time favorite meals - like a big old hug!!

Thank you for sharing this - my mouth is watering and I think I know what is on our menu this weekend!!

Mollie Ann said...

Perfect comfort food, Heaven on a plate!!!

Jennifer said...

I'm drooling all over my keyboard... Yummy!

Nancy Russell said...

Yummy! I used to love Shepherd's pie as a kid. Will have to try this one. Thanks for sharing, Mandy.

Ribasus said...

I used to live in fear of my mother's version of shepard's pie, but this one looks toothsome! Thanks Mandy!

SendingLoveGallery said...

thank you Mandy! and love how you have the potatoes with lots of cheese on top :)

Gloria Flynn - EarthEnergyGemstones said...

I've never made this dish but have eaten it in the U.K. and it's delicious. Must give your recipe a try!

Michele said...

Definitely comfort food, looks yummy!!!!

Jean Sandell said...

Yum!!!

Gemstones on My Mind said...

Sounds yummy! I need to try your variation, it sounds more interesting than mine!

LoveStoneArts said...

Cheesy potatoes? Every other ingredient is just a yummy bonus.