Shep­herd’s pie a win­ter warmer

‘Pie’ takes mince, pota­toes and broc­coli to new heights with this recipe.

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SHEP­HERD’S PIE WITH CHARRED BROC­COLI

Charred broc­coli 1 head broc­coli

red onion (op­tional) 1 clove gar­lic 35g sliced al­monds To serve

GF Worces­ter­shire sauce or GF tomato sauce Pre­heat oven to 220 de­grees Cel­sius. Bring a medium pot of salted wa­ter to the boil. Set aside a bak­ing dish (about 26 x 18cm).

Cook pota­toes in pot of boil­ing wa­ter for about 12 min­utes, un­til very soft. Drain and re­turn to pot, add but­ter and milk and mash un­til smooth. Sea­son to taste with salt and pep­per.

Heat a driz­zle of oil in a large fry-pan on high heat. Cook onion, car­rot and cel­ery for about 4 min­utes, un­til soft. Add mince and cook for about 4 min­utes, break­ing up mince with a wooden spoon as it cooks, un­til browned. Add tomato paste and herbs and cook for about 1 minute, un­til fra­grant. Add stock, Worces­ter­shire sauce/soy sauce and peas. Re­duce heat to medium, bring to a sim­mer and cook for 2-3 min­utes, un­til re­duced. Sea­son to taste with salt and pep­per.

Pour mix­ture into bak­ing dish, wipe pan clean and set aside. Evenly dol­lop over mashed potato. Bake for 10 min­utes, then turn oven to high grill and cook for about 3 min­utes, un­til top is golden.

While pie bakes, cut broc­coli into small flo­rets and thinly slice red onion (if us­ing) and gar­lic.

When pie has 5 min­utes re­main­ing, heat a driz­zle of oil in re­served pan on high heat. Cook broc­coli and red onion for about 4 min­utes, toss­ing of­ten. Add gar­lic and al­monds and cook for a fur­ther 1 minute, un­til broc­coli is charred and onion is soft. Sea­son with salt.

To serve, cut shep­herd’s pie into por­tions and spoon out onto plates. Driz­zle with a lit­tle Worces­ter­shire sauce or tomato sauce. Serve charred broc­coli on the side.

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In­ter­est­ing fact: a shep­herd’s pie is made with minced lamb, while a cot­tage pie usu­ally con­tains minced beef.

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