Meaty pie with a mashed potato crust.
Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
I've heard long ago there are two versions of this pie. If you make it with minced lamb, it is a Shepherd's Pie, and if you make it with beef, it is a Cottage Pie. This version uises lamb, but if you wish to substitute minced beef, you can easily do so.
This makes a hearty main dish that is a favorite with many people.
The list of "ings" may seem a little longer than some, but every bit of it adds flavor to the meat.
- 1 pound ground/mince lamb
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup diced carrots
- 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chopped fresh green beans
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons ground mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon kitchen bouquet
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until just fork tender; drain.
- Brown the lamb in a nonstick skillet (add a little oil if you need to but it may not need it- lamb mince varies in the amount of fat).
- When the lamb is browned, drain off excess fat leaving just a tiny bit and add the onions, carrots, marjoram, garlic, black pepper, and salt, cooking just till the onions are tender.
- Stir in the broth, green beans, ground mustard, Worcestershire sauce, kitchen bouquet and tomato paste, and simmer until green beans are tender.
- While the mix with beans is finishing up, mash the potatoes and stir in the egg, butter, and salt and black pepper to taste.
- Place the meat mixture in the bottom of a 2 quart buttered/pam sprayed casserole and top with the mashed potato mix.
- Sprinkle with grated cheese.
- Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or more (until the top is lightly browned).