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I LOVE shepherd’s pie! Sometimes in summer I wish it was winter just so that I can make my all time favourite comfort food! This winter I want to eat nothing but shepherds’ pie and cupcakes!

This recipe from Exclusively Food is amazing! When I first came across this recipe, I was impressed by how many great reviews its got! And when I finally tried it, it definitely lives up to its reputation! This is a winter must eat dish! You’ve got to try this hearty pie!

COOKING SUMMARY: Chop veggies, fry them along with mince, pour in crushed tomato and stock, bring to boil and simmer for 15min. Pour meat mixture in an oven dish, topped with mash potatoes and bake for 20min! DONE!

Shepherd’s Pie (Serve 6+)

(adapted from Exclusively Food)

Meat Layer

  • 20ml (1 tablespoon) oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and diced
  • 2-3 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 800g of mix beef and pork mince
  • 3 ½ tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 ½  tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 400g canned crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy-based pan or saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot and garlic to pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables have softened.
  2. Increase heat to high and add mince to the vegetables. Cook, stirring and mashing mince, until the mince has changed colour and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Over medium heat, add tomato paste and flour to meat mixture and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute.
  4. Add stock, Worcestershire sauce, crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced (about 15 to 20 minutes).
  6. Cook potatoes (see directions below) while the meat mixture is cooking.
  7. Preheat oven to 210 degrees Celsius (190 degrees Celsius fan-forced).
  8. Stir peas into meat mixture and pour a ovenproof dish.
  9. Top filling with mashed potato. Use a fork to create peaks in potato
  10. If the dish you are using is quite full, sit it on a baking tray in case any of the sauce overflows during baking. Bake pie for about 20 minutes, or until sauce is bubbling and potato is golden brown.

Mashed Potato Topping

  • 1.5kg potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoon of sour cream
  • ½  cup grated cheese
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Cover saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil gently until potatoes are soft.
  2. Drain potatoes and mash with butter, sour cream, salt and milk
  3. Stir in cheese until they are completely melted.


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