Real Shepherd's PieServes 5 – 6
Shepherds ate lamb and potato pie before there was such a thing as 'shepherd's pie'. This is my version, using leftover roast or braised lamb. You could use beef, but then it would be a 'cottage pie'
Author: Matthew Evans
Copyright © 2012 OzHarvest
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- 40g butter
- 3 onions, finely diced
- 4 celery sticks, finely diced
- 500g leftover cooked lamb, finely diced
- 125ml (1/2 cup) Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste or sauce (passata)
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 sprig thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1kg potatoes, cooked and mashed melter butter, to brush
Melt the butter in a large frying pan and fry the vegetables for 10 minutes without letting them colour too much. Add the lamb and 250ml (1 cup) water and stir in all the remaining ingredients except the potato. Simmer for about 1 1/2 hours until everything is soft and cohesive. Longer is better than shorter here. The mixture should be wet, but not runny, so add a touch more water if dry, or simmer to reduce if too sloppy. Season to tast with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, preheat the over to 200°C.
Spread the lamb filling into a large casserole dish. Spoon the mash over the top and run a fork over it to make bits that crisp up when cooked. Brush with melterd butter. Bake for 20–30 munutes until lightly coloured and leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
To produce 1kg of red meat it takes between 103-540L of water. If you throw out your lamb chops, you’re also wasting all that water and other resources that were used to bring them to your table.
It’s easy to eat more than you need to! Don’t be tempted by bulk-buy sales – only buy and eat what you need, or freeze any excess, to reduce food waste and save money!
Plan your meals and write yourself a list before heading to the shops. Choose a few meals that can be stretched over one night or eaten as leftovers for lunch the next day, and buy the right quantities of ingredients so that you don’t waste any at the end.
If you buy in bulk, freeze in meal-sized portions so you only defrost what you need.
Meat Free Monday
Cutting out 1 meal of red meat a week can save about 195kg of CO2 emissions in a year.