mearl223 On September - 10 - 2009

Shepards Pie…. De-Li-Shus (n EASY) !!!

A quick-n-easy baked dish of mashed potatoes over minced meat.

 

 

 

 

PrepTime 10mins – CookTime 25mins – Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

2 large potatoes
a cup of Parmesan cheese or 5 tbsp cheesespread
3tbsp butter
1 egg yolk
1-2 cups milk
salt to taste
1 lb. minced meat
1 medium chopped onions
1-2 green chillies
1/2 tsp garlic-ginger paste
1/4 tsp cumin pwd
1/4 tsp pepper pwd
(thyme, oregano n rosemary optional but great)
a cube of chicken stock (with salt, else remember to add salt)
2 tbsp soy sauce or Worcester sauce
1 tbsp vinegar (optional)
1/2 cup tomato paste (if ure putting ketchup put hot sauce also) or pasta sauce (garlic-onion flavored is the best!)
1 cup frozen vegs (optional, maybe just peas n carrots)


Cooking Instructions:

1. Boil, peel and smash the potatoes.

2. Mix in the cheese (or cheesespread), butter, salt, egg yolk & enough milk to get a soft yet stiff consistency.

(Alternatively, you just get the instant mashed potato pack from the stores – boil 2 cups water with 1.3 tbsp butter, then take off heat, add the powdered mashed potatoes & finally fold in 3/4 cup milk evenly till stiff yet soft. PS. you even get the cheese-flavored mix.. super-yum!!)

3. Preheat the oven to 250deg.

4. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat some oil &  fry the onions well.

5. Add green chillies, garlic-ginger paste, cumin pwd, pepper pwd, optional thyme/oregano/rosemary.

6. Add the cube of chicken stock & then the minced meat n stir-fry till the meat is almost done..

7. Add the soy sauce or Worcester sauce, tomato paste/ pasta sauce & vinegar – Fry well.

(Optional – add the frozen vegs)

8. Cook open till its done and dry it up well (DRY!!!)

9. Flatten the mince onto your baking dish (pyrex, etc), then flatten the mashed potato onto it gently with the moist (water) back of a flat ladle, then take a fork and lightly run lines or concentric circles/ squares on it for design. Place in mid-level of oven for 25 mins

10. Broil for 2-3 mins to see the lines get darker. ( You may even lightly brush an egg-white over the mashed potatoes before forking the designs over it, for a darker design).

Take out when done and cool a bit before cutting.

 

Oooh – La – La .. Grab some red wine!!!

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