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One of the most popular dishes in the UK: Shepherd’s Pie (Cottage Pie)

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Ingredients

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For the meat mixture
500 grams ground meat (lamb or beef)
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 carrots, diced
150 grams peas (fresh or frozen)
2 tablespoons tamarind sauce (or sauce of your choice)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon flour
300ml hot broth (chicken or beef)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and black pepper to taste
For the mashed potatoes:
800 grams potatoes, diced
60 grams butter
milk (optional) Milk
Salt and white pepper to taste

One of the most popular dishes in the UK: Shepherd’s Pie (Cottage Pie)

Ingredients

  • For the meat mixture

  • For the mashed potatoes:

Directions

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Shepherd’s Pie, also known as Cottage Pie, is a traditional English dish that offers an incredibly delicious way to use leftover meat and mashed potatoes. This humble yet truly satisfying pie combines well-seasoned meat with creamy mashed potatoes, making it an unforgettable choice for cold days or hosting guests. Today, we will present you with the classic Shepherd’s Pie recipe and provide step-by-step instructions for preparing it at home.

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Steps

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Preparing the Meat Mixture

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

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Add the onions and carrots, and sauté them for about 5 minutes until they soften and slightly brown.

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Add the ground meat and cook it, breaking it into small pieces with a spatula, until it browns and develops a rich color.

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Sprinkle the flour over the meat and stir well. This will thicken the sauce.

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Add the tamarind sauce (if using), Worcestershire sauce, and hot broth. Stir well and reduce the heat to simmer for about 20 minutes until it thickens and becomes flavorful. Remove from heat.

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Stir in the peas into the meat mixture and mix well. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

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Making the Mashed Potatoes

In a large pot, boil the potatoes in salted water until they become tender. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes after the water starts boiling.

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Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add the butter and milk (if desired).

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Mash the potatoes using a potato masher or fork until you get a smooth puree. Season with salt to taste and add white pepper if desired.

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Assembling Shepherd's Pie

Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F).

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Take a large ovenproof dish and transfer the meat mixture into it.

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Spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the meat. You can use a fork to create decorative patterns on the surface of the mashed potatoes.

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Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake Shepherd's Pie for about 20-25 minutes or until the top becomes golden and crispy.

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Once the dish is ready, remove it from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.

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