Had a small shoulder of lamb roast yesterday which left me with some meat left over though not enough perhaps for a casserole on its own. So I decided to make a shepherd's from the remains so here goes nothing....
Firstly after rooting through my dismal food stock (not been shopping cause of the lurgy) I came up with these basic ingredients....
|Lamb shoulder (obviously)|
|The removed and shredded lamb (more meat than I thought)|
|A few popotatoes|
|Two finely sliced carrots|
|One roughly chopped onion & two garlic cloves softened.|
|Some mature cheddar with mixed herbs added...|
garlic, oregano, pepper & rosemary.
I set the potatoes to boil until soft enough to mash, about twenty minutes once the water is boiling. If I'd have had any potato left from last night, whether roasted or mashed I'd have used this for the covering mash. Whilst these were boiling merrily away I prepared the rest of the ingredients mixing the carrot, garlic and softened onion thoroughly to the shredded lamb. I wanted some moisture to the mix and added about 100 g of boiled water from the potatoes, half a stock cube and a tiny touch of gravy browning. Again if I'd have had enough gravy from the previous meal I'd have used this instead....
|Mixed and a very expectant Bear!|
Once soft enough, without starting to disintegrate, I mashed the potatoes adding far less milk and butter than I usually would as it would be far to sloppy and watery when added to the meat and cooked. The mash is then spread evenly over the lamb mix and I used a fork to 'plough' the top surface to allow it to crisp. Finally I added the cheese and herb mix to the top and put in a pre-heated oven, mid shelf at gas mark 5....
|Even putting the topping on does not deter the Bear....|
I left this for about 45 minutes checking that it was browning nicely, when I judged that the cheese and potato topping was turning golden and just beginning to crisp up I put the peeled sprouts on for just over 10 minutes (I could eat a bowl full of em with just butter and pepper on em). Once the sprouts were done it was just a simple case of serving....
|Hey presto, a cheap tasty meal for two...|
So there you have it, John's shepherd's left over pie. It actually tasted bloody good if I'm honest and I hope that you have enjoyed this rather different post from yours truly.
'till the next time, eat well and take care,