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Mum’s rich & creamy shepherd’s pie

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Ingredients

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500gr Minced beef
500gr Minced chicken
2 Onions finely chopped
3 Carrots finely chopped
9 Garlic cloves minced
8 Basil leaves
5 Bay leaves
1 Knorr beef stock pot
2 tbsp Bovril (beef)
1 Knorr chicken cube
1/2 cup Red wine
5 tbsp Flour (plain)
3kg Potatoes peeled, diced
1 1/2 cups Milk (whole)
150gr Butter
2 Eggs (yolk)
Fresh pepper

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Mum’s rich & creamy shepherd’s pie

  • 90 Minutes
  • Serves 6
  • Medium

Ingredients

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We can all agree that there’s nothing quite like mum’s food. And there’s no shepherd’s pie quite like my mama’s. It’s very rich so save it for a day when you really feel like going all the way. I change it up by adding 500gr of chicken mince to add more flavour. I made this last Saturday when I had a bit of time to play in the kitchen and I was planning on staying in to catch up with some paperwork. To add a festive flair to our dinner, we paired this with a glass of New Zealand Pinot Noir.

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Steps

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In a large pot of water and a pinch of salt, I cooked the potatoes until very very soft. Once done, I drained the water and added the butter, whole milk (room temperature) and mashed it up using a fork or hand blender. Here is my secret trick: I crushed a chicken cube to the potato mash and seasoned with black pepper.

2
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Then I heated some oil in a large deep pan on high heat and fried the onions until transparent and then the garlic. I have a killer American skillet for this stuff.

3
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I added the beef and chicken mince to the pan, together with the carrots, basil and bay leaves. The show has really started now. The flavours start to work their magic.

4
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Once mixed, I added the beef stock pot and Bovril, and seasoned with fresh black pepper. Mix well and add the red wine, here. I sprinkled the flour gently and stirred well. Then I let it simmer on low heat.

5
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Once the meat mixture is done, I half-filled an oven dish leaving enough room for the potatoes. I gently poured the mashed potatoes using a wooden spoon, or piping bag if you feel like being fancy.

6
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I then poured the beaten eggs to get that delicious browning effect going on.

7
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Bake for about 40 minutes in a temperature of around 180C.

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