Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherds pie

This is the best home-made Shepherd’s Pie that I’ve ever had made by my Chachi-saas (my aunt-in-law). Its one of the simplest and easy to follow recipes, and since it is a family recipe, I couldn’t get a hold on the quantities, so you can actually mend it to your taste. Here it goes:-

Shepherds Pie

Ingredients

  • Mutton Keema
  • Assorted Vegetables cut into small pieces (Carrots, Beans, Cauliflower, Peas, Mushrooms)
  • Potatoes (Boiled and Mashed)
  • Cream
  • Garlic pods- LOTS of them, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Cheese (Mozzarella preferably, but cheddar can also be used)
  • Herbs- To your preference- you can use oregano, roasemary, thyme

 

Part I- Preparing the Keema

  • Boil/ Pressure cook the mutton keema.
  • Separate the keema and broth.
  • Keep the broth aside
  • Cook the keema with the garlic, pepper and salt in an open pan/ kadhai. Add the herbs while cooking, it will give out a lovely flavour.

Part II- Preparing the Vegetables

  • Boil or steam the veggies and strain.
  • Mix the veggies in the mutton broth, just sufficiently to wet them, and add bread crumbs to it.
  • Do keep a bit of the broth aside for the time of layering.
  • It should be a thick paste like consistency, but remember to not crush the veggies too much.

Part III- Preparing the Mashed Potatoes

  • Whisk the boiled and mashed potatoes with a bit of salt, pepper, cream and cheese.

Part IV- Layering

  • Start with sprinkling your dish with a little broth, so that your mashed potato layer doesn’t burn up.
  • First layer of mashed potatoes
  • Second layer of veggies mix, prepared in Part II.
  • Third Layer of Keema.
  • If you’d like, add a light layer of cheese over the mashed potatoes. Just that it makes the dish a bit heavier on the tummy, so its good for the time you’re preparing this for a party.
  • Continue to layer like this till you reach the top of the dish.
  • For the Crust: Make a layer of mashed potatoes, mixed and covered with bread and cheese for a more crispy top.

Enjoy it with garlic butter and toast.

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