Shepherd's Pie Topped with Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Shepherd's Pie Topped with Garlic Mashed Potatoes


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This dish shakes up the average Shepherd's Pie recipe. It's a garlic potato topped casserole that takes a little while to make, but is well worth the wait.

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Time needed

20 min preparation + 2 1/2 hour cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4-6 servings


  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • One-half cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 Tbs. oil
  • 3 carrots, sliced and blanched
  • 4 tsp. cornstarch mixed in one-third cup water
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
  • 3 C. beef broth
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Two and one-half pounds lamb stew meat, cubed

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Season the meat with salt and pepper. In a casserole, heat the oil and sear the meat, a few pieces at a time, removing them from the pan when they are brown. Next add the lamb with the beef broth, onions, celery and herbs. Cover and cook in a 300-degree oven for 2 hours.
Remove from the oven and discard the large pieces of onion, celery and herbs. Shred the meat. Strain the broth, return to the casserole, and bring to a boil.
Slowly whisk the cornstarch mixture into the boiling liquid and stir until it thickens. Add the lamb, carrots and peas. Transfer to an ovenproof dish and top with a layer of mashed potatoes. Return to the oven for 15 minutes or until the liquid is boiling and the potatoes are crisp and brown. You may have to put the potatoes under the broiler to brown them.

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