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Im 30 yrs old very happy married to a wonderful man (Nathan) i have a 7yr old son (Lochlan) and one on the way! We live in a town called Davistown. Im an aussie that use to live in the states! But have recently returned back to Australia! And im VERY passionate about cooking and my family!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

~Good Old British Shepards Pie~


So with all the stuff im doing for chrissy gifts i decided i needed to make my boys something tasty for putting up with the mess ive made in the kitchen and dinning room this past wk :D So after i got home from Angie's (i went over there to can my Turkey Stock/Broth) I quickly rushed home and prepared and made this very simple and tasty dish!

~What you need~

Lean mince/hamburger
Salt and Pepper
Garlic
Worcestershire sauce
Tomato paste
Grated carrots
Grated/Finely Chopped onions (your choice)
Sage
Stock/broth
Cassarole dish
Potatoes
3 Egg yolks
Heavy Whipping cream (optional)
Parmesen cheese grated
Breadcrumbs (optional)
Preheat Oven 395 degrees

~How to Throw it together~

Heat pan with some olive oil throw your mince in and begin browning the meat season with S&P, once the meat is brown drain the fat if any (no one likes oily gross shepards pie! it just ruins all your hard work icky!)
Add your grated carrots and onions add a lil salt to help reduce and draw out the liquid in the grated ingredients! Add a couple tablespoonfuls of Tom paste,sage and mix well, turn the heat down to a simmer and add the worcestershire sauce and stock mix well and let sit and simmer for about 15mins it will get nice and thick and saucey :) (this mixture goes well on sandwhichs as well like "sloppyjoes" while this is simmering you should wash and dice up your spuds so they boil quicker in the pot! Cook the spuds till soft remove from water and heat i used my KitchenAid Mixer to make my mashed potatoes! Add some butter a lil salt and pepper to your mixing bowl and some heavy whipping cream (optional) slowy add in large spoonfuls of your diced cooked spuds and slowly begin whipping your spuds with the paddle attachment(if your using a KA.M) continue to do this adding more potatoes as you go along when you have them nicely mashed add your 3 egg yolks and let the mixer slowly mix them in and about 1/2 a cup of your grated parmesan cheese.
Take your meat filing and spoon it into your cassarole dish press it down firmly how much you want in the bottom of your pie is up to you :) then spoon large amounts of your mashed spuds on to till you have a nice full topping :D make it pretty if you like! sprinkle with breadcrumbs if you like then S&P then a good amount of grated parmesan cheese throw the dish into a hot pre heated oven for about 20mins and taadaa your all set for an extremely tasty dinner! I served this with biscuts (american style scones i guess u could call them :D) and a nice leafy salad!

Hope you and your fam enjoy this recipe as much as mine did!