Shepherd’s pie topping is often made with mashed potato mixed with cream and cheese. My version though has fewer calories than most of the recipes online. There is no cheese nor cream in my shepherd’s pie recipe, in fact, I also skipped the beef stock, but I promise you that the taste will still amaze you.
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Making shepherd’s pie is easy, and it consists of two delicious parts, thick lamb or beef stew topped with creamy mashed potato. I didn’t use flour to thicken the lamb sauce but increased the amount of onion and added mushrooms which made the sauce thick and flavorful.
How To Make Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
I used olive oil and butter to fry the onion, the combination of these two fats make the onion, and the added vegetables taste awesome. The onion must be fried first until light brown, at this stage the onions texture is perfect to thicken the lamb sauce later.
Adding celery instead of garlic gave warmth to this shepherd’s pie recipe. The chopped carrots made the shepherd’s pie colorful and added a little sweetness which cut the bitterness that sometimes found in the tomato paste. Mushroom gave a meaty texture to the sauce, and therefore we don’t need to add flour.
Preparing The Mashed Potato for the Shepherd’s Pie
Use any potatoes you like. Butter, milk, and the seasoning play the biggest role here. Do not boil the potato to a point where it turns into a soupy mashed potato. When you insert a knife in the potato, and it goes through with minor resistance. Drain the potato completely and add all the ingredients while the potatoes are still hot. Mashed the potatoes until it reaches a spreadable consistency.
Instead of using beef or chicken stock, I skipped it to reduce the amount of sodium; I depended on the vegetables, the lamb, and the seasoning to bring out a lot of flavors. But, this shepherd’s pie recipe is forgiving, so you can add cream instead of milk in the mashed potato if you wish. If you’d like to add cheese, then add it to the mashed potato and not on top of it before baking.
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