Wynkoop Brewing Company's Shepherd's Pie
- Pie crust:
- 3/4 C. + 2 Tbs. vegetable shortening (or lard)
- 2 1/2 C. flour, sifted
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/3 C. ice cold water
- 1 1/2 C. carrots, diced
- 1 1/2 C. celery, diced
- 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper, ground
- 1 tsp. paprika (sweet is best)
- Lamb and Sauce:
- 1/4 C. canola oil
- 2 lb. lamb stew meat (use good-quality lamb for best flavor)
- 1 Tbs. salt
- 2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 C. flour
- 3 Tbs. shallots, minced
- 1 Tbs. garlic, minced
- 1/2 C. dry red wine
- 1 1/2 qt. beef stock or bouillon
- 1/2 C. tomato paste
- 2 Tbs. fresh rosemary, minced
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped
- 4 to 6 C. mashed potatoes (recipe of your choice)
To make pie crust, in a medium-sized mixing bowl, cut the shortening into the sifted flour with a pastry cutter or by using two butter knives. Add the salt and cold water and mix with your hands until mixture comes together. If too dry, add a bit more cold water. Do not over mix. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for 1/2 hour or until you are ready to use it.
For the vegetables, in a large heavy skillet or sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add vegetables and spices and cook until vegetables just turn tender, about 10 minutes. They should still have some "bite" to them. Place in bowl and set aside.
Prepare mashed potatoes, using your own recipe; set aside.
For the lamb and sauce, heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or saucepan until hot. Season meat with salt and pepper, and then carefully add lamb to oil in pan and brown meat on all sides. Do not crowd meat in pan. Cook in batches if necessary.
When meat is browned, return all meat to pan, reduce heat to medium and add shallots and garlic. Sprinkle flour slowly over meat while stirring continually to avoid lumps. Once flour is incorporated, cook for 5 minutes, stirring continually and scraping the bottom of the pan to avoid burning. Slowly add red wine, then stock, stirring and scraping pan sides and bottom. Add tomato paste, rosemary and bay leaves and turn up the heat to bring mixture to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes to one hour or until meat is tender.
Strain meat from sauce and set meat aside to cool. Remove bay leaves. Pour the sauce in a medium saucepan and cover; set aside on a low burner to keep warm. Stir occasionally to keep skin from forming.
To assemble the pie: Spray a 9-by-13-by-2 glass or metal casserole dish with nonstick spray. Spread pastry dough over bottom of dish and up the sides, pressing to make the dough thin and even. Cut off any excess dough at top of dish.
Spread 2 C. of the mashed potatoes evenly across the pie crust. Place half of the lamb meat on top of the potatoes. Top the lamb meat with all of the vegetable mixture and then add the remaining lamb meat. Cover the dish with enough mashed potatoes to fill the casserole. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours or until casserole has an internal temperature of 165 degrees. When cooked, remove pie from oven and top with Parmesan cheese and return to oven until cheese is lightly browned.
To serve: Ladle hot lamb sauce into a wide serving bowl and place a serving of pie on top, or place pie on a plate and spoon sauce on top. Garnish with some chopped green onions, if desired.
Yield: 8 servings