Best shepherd’s pie

For the shepherd’s pie

400-500g/14oz-1lb 2oz leftover roast lamb, leftover gravy and fat from the roasting tin
1 carrot, chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped
1 sprig fresh parsley, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
5 cloves leftover roast garlic (or 2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed)
4 tbsp ketchup
1 kg/2lb 4oz peeled, cooked floury potatoes (such as King Edward, Desiree or Maris piper)
butter, to taste
dash of milk
salt and pepper

For the fried cabbage

½ head cabbage (such as hispi, or any other kind, or pak choi), sliced into thin strips
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 red chilli, chopped
splash fish sauce
vegetable oil, for frying


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Scrape all the meat off the lamb bone and put through a mincer with the carrot, celery, parsley, shallots and leftover gravy and fat from the roasting tin. If you haven’t got a mincer then chop everything finely and mix together.

Add sweet roasted garlic cloves popped from their skins (or fresh garlic) and the ketchup.

Press the mixture into an ovenproof dish. Mash together the cooked potatoes with butter to taste and a dash of milk, and top the meat with the potatoes. Use a fork to make a pretty design on top.

Cover the dish with foil and cook in the oven for 30 minutes. Then remove the foil and turn up the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 for a final 10 minutes so it’s piping hot and lightly golden-brown on top.

For the stir-fried cabbage, heat the oil in a wok until hot, then stir fry the ingredients together for a few minutes until cooked, but so it keeps its colour and stays crunchy.

Serve the shepherd’s pie hot with the cabbage piled alongside.


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