Sunday, 18 November 2012

Shepherds Pie made easy

Its that time of year when you need heartwarming filling food especially for us as a family on the go always popping off to some sporting fixture or other So as we always have potatoes,carrots in and the meat staple that is mince then Shepherds pie is the natural choice to make with a cheesy twist to the potatoes even the fussiest of children like my son will eat this. And I agreed to be in the blogger Splendid Spud Challenge and below is the result!


1lb s /900g potatoes , peeled and quarted
6 tbsp milk
110g butter but keep a small knob back for the sauce
Salt and Pepper
400ml of beef stock add more if you so wish
115g chopped onion
115g finely diced carrot
115g sweetcorn
450g minced lamb
1tbsp all-purpose flour
115g grated cheese
2tlb of olive oil

Optional you could add celery for a twist !

Serves 4-6

  • Heat oven to 375/190c/ Gas 5
  • Boil the potatoes until soft then drain. Place the milk and butter in the pan used to boil the potatoes, return to the heat and warm gently until butter has melted.Add the potatoes and mash. Season to taste and keep to one side.
  • Put the olive oil in a deep pan. Add the onion and carrot and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add the minced lamb and one- third of the beef stock to the onion and carrot mixture, adding also at this point the sweetcorn. Sir constantly until all the meat is browned. Add the remaining stock and season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes.
  • mix the flour into the remaining knob of butter then add small pieces of this to the miced lamb sauce, stirring all the time until all the flour has dissolved and the sauce has thicken in around 5 mins.
  • Place the minced lamb sauce into a square dish around 8" 3 " / 20cm x 7 cm either glass or ceramic. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top of the potato and bake in the oven for 30- 35 minutes unil the surface is crisp and brown. Serve immediately. 

Disclosure ( I was sent a bag of Good Natured Splendid Spuds to make a recipe all though words and opinions are entirely my own)

Good Natured’s Splendid Spuds are the perfect partners for a wholesome winter dish, from a roast dinner to a creamy gratin, and what’s more they are pesticide-residue free, brimming with nutrients and flavours to warm you through the chilly months ahead.

Good Natured’s potatoes are grown in harmony with Mother Nature, using only natural predators to control pests and disease, which leaves you safe in the knowledge that you and your family are getting nothing less than natural perfection. In fact the entire Good Natured range is both good by name and good by nature.

Good Natured Splendid Spuds are perfect for roasting, with a crispy coating and soft fluffy texture. A fantastic addition to all your Christmas meats such as beef, pork, chicken and turkey, liven up your roasties with goose fat, fresh rosemary and sea salt.What’s more, potatoes are pound for pound lower in calories, higher in fibre and lower in carbohydrates than other popular sources of carbohydrates like white rice and pasta? Yet another reason to go back for seconds!

Good Natured Splendid Spuds are available in selected ASDA stores nationwide.

ü  Good Natured is a range of pesticides residue free fruit, salads and potatoes farmed by expert growers in tune with Mother Nature – using environmentally friendly production systems.
ü  Good Natured is a sub brand of Angus Soft Fruits based in Angus, Scotland – a family-run business established in 1994 by growers Lochy Porter, his father Wallie and cousin James Gray.
ü  Good Natured Salad are available in selected ASDA 


  1. I'll definitely be trying this recipe out. It looks really yummy and sounds simple. Thanks for sharing x

  2. Oooooh! This sounds yummy, when are you coming to my house to feed me?

  3. I love shepards pie....but am not a lover of lamb mince, has to be steak mince in this house.

  4. mmmm yum now I'm starving and it's only 10am... x

  5. Oh, I do love a shepherds pie. Great winter comfort food.


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