Leftover lamb shepherd’s pie

Leftover lamb shepherd’s pie
  • Serves icon Serves 6
  • Time icon Hands-on time 45 min, oven time 20-25 min

Slow-roast lamb is a delight, and what’s even better is that you can use up your leftover lamb in this ultimate leftover lamb shepherd’s pie dish.

Looking for something else? This tomato butter bean recipe also uses leftover lamb and lots of feta.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
553kcals
Fat
30.1g (14.1g saturated)
Protein
33.6g
Carbohydrates
35.4g (7.9g sugars)
Fibre
4.8g
Salt
1g
Calories
553kcals
Fat
30.1g (14.1g saturated)
Protein
33.6g
Carbohydrates
35.4g (7.9g sugars)
Fibre
4.8g
Salt
1g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 75ml red wine
  • 500g leftover slow-roast lamb, shredded
  • 100ml lamb or chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 800g floury potatoes, cubed
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 large free-range egg yolks
  • 25g grated parmesan, plus extra for sprinkling

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, then gently cook the onion, carrots, celery and garlic for 10-12 minutes until tender.
  2. Add the thyme and red wine, then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the leftover lamb, stock, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and tomato purée, then season. Simmer gently for 15 minutes until the mixture has reduced.
  3. Put the potatoes in a large pan of cold salted water, bring to the boil, then simmer for 12 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork. Drain, return the potatoes to the pan and mash until smooth. Beat in the butter and egg yolks, then stir through the grated parmesan.
  4. Spread the lamb mixture in a 1.5 litre ovenproof dish and top with the mash. Sprinkle over a little extra parmesan and season. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden on top and bubbling.

delicious. tips

  1. Make the filling and mash the potatoes (without the butter and egg yolks) the day before. Chill in containers. When you’re ready to cook, warm the mash, beat in the butter and egg yolks, then pile on top of the filling and bake.

    You can freeze the finished pie, well wrapped in cling film, for up to 3 months. Defrost, then reheat in a medium oven.

  2. There are plenty of European red wines that suit this, but my favourite would be a medium-bodied red bordeaux from the Médoc region – all curranty cassis and cedarwood.

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Recipe by Donal Skehan.

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  1. Agree with above comments on not understanding why this has such a low rate – I thought it was delicious!
    I was a bit more generous with the Worcestershire sauce, stock and puree so it could cook down a little longer and added some fresh rosemary – it turned out better then the roast I made the night before to give me the leftovers to make this. So good.

  2. I don’t understand why this recipe has such a low rate. Personally, it was my best shepherd’s pie and I’ve been looking for THE recipe for this. This is definitely going to become a classic for my family.

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