In London it is still freezing cold! After a wonderful Christmas and New Year break in sunny Antalya with my family, coming back to the winter freeze has definitely been a wake up call that we are still in the dark freezing months.
After a long day outdoors, be it at school or work or shopping, what we want most is a warming dish of deliciousness to warm us inside and out.
Comfort foods have always been a favourite of mine, they are potatoes, meat, veggies, and made even yummier with some butter.
Shepherds Pie has always been a favourite of mine since I was little. My mother is the ultimate cook and she makes an amazing Shepherds Pie. Here is my version of her delicious delight. I just prepared it and Ive put it in the fridge. So when my boys get home from school all I need to do is pop it in the oven. Not only will it be a homemade nutritious meal but it will warm them up in this freezing weather. Its a win-win situation!
Easy peasy Shepherds Pie
- 500grams 10% fat minced beef
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 large carrots chopped
- 3 tablespoons tomato puree
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
- 500ml beef stock (I use Knorr stock pots)
- 1 kg Maris Piper potatoes – peeled and cut into large chunks
- 5 tablespoons warm full fat milk
- 3 tablespoons butter
- Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
- In a heavy bottomed pot heat the olive oil, add the chopped onions and chopped carrots. Fry over a medium heat until tender.
- Add the minced beef, and cook with the veggies.
- Add the Worcester sauce, sugar and tomato puree. Mix until cooked through.
- Add 500ml of beef stock, mix well and leave to simmer over a low heat for 30mins.
- Meanwhile peel, cut into chunks and boil the potatoes until tender. Drain the water, mash with a fork or potato masher. Add butter and warm milk until it is soft, smooth and creamy.
- Gently spoon the beef mixture into a deep overproof dish. Spoon over the mashed potatoes until all the meat is evenly covered. With a fork ruffle the mashed potato.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25minutes at 180 degrees Celsius under the mash starts to colour and the meat is bubbling.
Mmmmmmmm so yummy, serve piping hot! Enjoy!