Michael Weldon's shepherd's pie

A delicious take on the family favourite, Michael Weldon’s slow-cooked shepherd’s pie is a must-try. Give it a go this week, it will be a new go-to recipe.

6

30m

Note: + cooling and 5 mins standing time

2h 50m

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 800g Coles Australian Boneless Lamb Shoulder, cut into 5cm pieces
  • 2 brown onions, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 1kg Carisma potatoes, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 50g butter
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) milk
  • 100g frozen peas
  • Mixed salad leaves, to serve

Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 150°C. Heat half the oil in a large ovenproof casserole pan over high heat. Add half the lamb and cook, turning, for 5 mins or until golden brown. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. Repeat with remaining lamb.

Step 2

Heat half the remaining oil in the pan. Add half the onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until vegetables are just tender. Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 min or until aromatic. Return the lamb to the pan with the rosemary, thyme, chicken stock and tomatoes. Bring to the boil. Season. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Bake, covered, for 11/2-2 hours or until lamb is very tender. Set aside to cool slightly. Use 2 forks to coarsely shred the lamb.

Step 4

Meanwhile, place the potato in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Place over high heat and bring to the boil. Cook for 15 mins or until potato is tender. Drain well. Set aside for 2-3 mins to steam. Return to the pan with the butter. Use a potato masher or fork to mash until smooth. Add the milk and stir to combine. Season well. Cover to keep warm.

Step 5

Heat the remaining oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the remaining onion, celery and carrot and cook, stirring for 5 mins or until tender. Add to the lamb mixture with the peas and stir to combine. Season.

Step 6

Increase oven to 180°C. Spoon mashed potato over the lamb mixture. Bake for 30 mins or until the top is golden brown and mixture is heated through. Serve with mixed salad leaves.

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