Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Hannigan fair loves beef!!

 Hi Readers,
This week I've decided to do a really easy recipe for Shepherd's Pie! I'm dedicating this blog post to Hannigan who recently informed me that he loves beef! Its very easy to make shepherd's pie, it's a recipe that you cant go wrong with, I have given measurements below but it doesn't have to be followed exactly, you can add in more veg if you like or more mash. Its a tried and tested recipe, never fails so give it a try and let me know what you think!

  • 1 1/2 lbs minced beef
  • 1 - 2 onions chopped
  •  Vegetables - chopped carrots & peas
  • 1 1/2 - 2 lbs potatoes aka about 3 big ones
  • 8 tablespoons butter 
  • 1/2 - 1 cup of beef gravy: you can even use the instant stuff to save time
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce:  you can leave this out if you want!
  • Grated cheese for the top - optional
  • Salt, pepper or any other kind or seasoning/ herb you fancy.
1.Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until soft (about 20 minutes).
2 While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter a frying pan.
3 Sauté onions in butter until soft over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add the carrots next (you can pre boil these too if you want to speed up the frying time) then add the pea's. you can throw in some crushed (or powdered) garlic at this stage if you like it.
4 Add the mince and fry until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add worcesterchire sauce. Add the gravy sauce, leave the pan uncovered over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more gravy as necessary to keep moist.
5 Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste.
6 Place beef and veg from the pan in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top, you can put cheese on top of the potatoes also. 
7 Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes).

These measurements makes enough to feed about 4.

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