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Shepherd's Pie has to be in the top ten list of comfort foods; here's my version with a clever twist on this classic. Slow-cooked lamb shoulder, which falls off the bone to make a rich and delicious filling for this much-loved meal.
Servings 4
Calories 677 kcal
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 25 mins
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins

Ingredients
 

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 4 lamb shanks
  • 4 small onions, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped into 1cm pieces
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 500 ml boiling water
  • 2 lamb stock cubes
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 750 g potatoes
  • 150 ml milk approx.
  • 75 g salted butter
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C gas 4. Heat the oil and add the seasoned lamb shanks and brown really well.
  • Add the onions and carrots and brown again. Add the tomato puree, water and stock cubes and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Cook slowly in the oven for 2 hours, turning the meat over every 30 minutes. Although you may need to cook it for a little longer or shorter, keep an eye on it until the meat falls off the bone when gently pressed.
  • Once cooked, carefully spoon all the contents into a colander over a bowl.
  • Place the stock back into the pan and simmer until you have a nice flavoured stock. Mix the cold water and flour together to form a runny paste, then whisk into the simmering stock to thicken nicely. Remove from the heat.
  • Pull all the meat from the bones, break it into small pieces, and pop it into a separate bowl along with the carrots and onions.
  • Add enough thickened stock to coat the meat and vegetables well, then re-season. Pour into a deep dish and chill well.
  • Preheat the oven to 200C, gas 6. Cook the potatoes in plenty of salted water, then drain and mash well. Add enough milk to form a soft consistency, then add the butter, mix and season well.
  • Top the lamb mixture with the mash, then cook in the oven for 25 minutes or until piping hot in the centre and nicely browned.
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Nutrition Facts
Braised Lamb Shank Shepherd's Pie
Amount per Serving
Calories
677
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
30
g
46
%
Saturated Fat
 
13
g
81
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
11
g
Cholesterol
 
172
mg
57
%
Sodium
 
807
mg
35
%
Potassium
 
1599
mg
46
%
Carbohydrates
 
55
g
18
%
Fiber
 
7
g
29
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
47
g
94
%
Vitamin A
 
5674
IU
113
%
Vitamin C
 
48
mg
58
%
Calcium
 
134
mg
13
%
Iron
 
6
mg
33
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword lamb, potato
Course Classic Main Courses, Latest from This Morning, Main Course
Cuisine Autumn, British, ITV This Morning, Winter
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