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Comforting Baked Bean Shepard’s Pie

Mum's Best Baked Bean Shepards Pie
Mum’s Best Baked Bean Shepards Pie

Shepard’s Pie is one of my all-time favourite recipes. We used to have it all the time for dinner when I was younger, and there was nothing better than coming in the door from school and into a warm kitchen to a piping hot casserole dish of Shepard’s Pie. You don’t see people make it as much anymore as people are moving away from traditional food in favour of exotic foreign dishes, but I think that’s their loss. This is one of the best, comforting and wholesome dishes in existence.

Shepard's Pie - My Favourite Winter Dish
Shepard’s Pie – My Favourite Winter Dish

The beans may sounds really weird if you haven’t already tried them. But trust me, adding baked beans to a Shepard’s Pie will be the best decision you ever make and you will never look back. My mum used always add a tin of beans to her Shepard’s Pie when we were small kids, but as we got older we wouldn’t let her make it without the layer of beans. As well as tasting delicious, they add more protein and fibre to your meal too.

Slice Open This Meaty, Beany Dish Of Comforting Heaven
Slice Open This Meaty, Beany Dish Of Comforting Heaven

Ingredients:

Potato layer

7-8 large potatoes (local)

2 tbsp butter

Bean layer:

1 tin canelli beans

1/2 tin chopped tomatoes

2 cloves garlic

1 tbsp honey

Lamb layer:

1lb mince lamb

2 carrots

2 sticks celery

1 large onion

2 cloves garlic

1 beef stock cube

1 tbsp tomato paste

  1. Boil the potatoes for about 15 to 20 minute, until cooked through and soft. Peel and mash with the butter and a little salt and pepper until all is soft and well combined. Don’t over mash or it will lose it’s fluffiness!
  2. For the beans… Crush the garlic and fry for a minute in some oil in a saucepan, add the tomatoes, beans and honey and let simmer away for about 10-15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. For the meat.. Grate the carrots and celery. Finely chop the onion and garlic. Fry them all together in some olive oil for about 10-15 minutes until totally soft. Add the lamb mince and cook for another 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure it’s browned all over. Pop your stock cube into a mug of boiling water, when dissolved stir into your meat mix. Add in the tomato paste too. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Get your casserole dish out, line with a smear of butter. Layer in the cooked lamb mix, then layer in the beans then top with the mashed potato. Make a wave pattern with a fork on the potato, top with a little more butter. Cook in an oven preheated to 180C for about 40 minutes.
  5. Serve with buttery peas and eat straight away!

This freezes perfectly, I often make a big dish of it and then portion up the pieces so I can have individual meals quickly during the week. You could add in herbs too, in fact I had parsley but forgot to add it in! Not necessary though.

Grate Up Your Veggies As Finely As You Can
Grate Up Your Veggies As Finely As You Can
Add In Your Lamb Mince, Break Up WIth A Wooden Spoon And Cook Through
Add In Your Lamb Mince, Break Up WIth A Wooden Spoon And Cook Through
Add In Stock And Tomato Paste, Reduce Down
Add In Stock And Tomato Paste, Reduce Down
Layer The Glorious Beans On Top Of Your Lamb
Layer The Glorious Beans On Top Of Your Lamb
Add You Mash, Make Waves With A Fork And Sprinkle WIth Butter Knobs
Add You Mash, Make Waves With A Fork And Sprinkle WIth Butter Knobs
TaDa!!! The Nicest Shepard's Pie... Ever.
TaDa!!! The Nicest Shepard’s Pie… Ever.
It Won't Win Any Beauty Pageants, But My God Does It Taste Amazing
It Won’t Win Any Beauty Pageants, But My God Does It Taste Amazing

Nutty Lamb Meatballs & Mint Yoghurt Sauce

Balmoral Beach
Just Like Home….
Perfect Lazy Day

This dish is very tasty indeed, they taste better than they look in the photos! I’ve made these spicy (but not too hot) meatballs a few times and they’re always a winner. Nuts are actually really good in meatballs, sounds weird, but it really works- just try it! I saw Lee Holmes put nuts in her meatball recipe, and this recipe developed from there. The mint yoghurt sauce is a new addition but it goes well. I served mine with courgette spaghetti. My brother made tomatoey beef meatballs when we visited him in Oz a few weeks ago and served them with courgette spaghetti so I have blatantly copied him on that part! He made them after our first day in Oz when he brought us to Balmoral Beach and we passed out comatose from jet lag… not quite what he had planned for the day!

This dish saw me invest in a mandolin for slicing, and I am happy to report I didn’t lose any fingertips in the making of this meal! This is very healthy and very very tasty. I made it for a friend this week and she really liked it, despite its not so glamorous appearance. This one is a good one, definitely give it a go. I made loads of extra meatballs and froze some for when I’m feeling lazy.


Nutty Meatballs and Mint Yoghurt Sauce

Ingredients (serves 4):

500g minced lamb

1 egg

Handful chopped walnuts

Handful sliced/flaked almonds

2 small finely sliced onions

3 cloves of crushed garlic

2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp chilli powder

salt & pepper

Half a cup of Greek Yoghurt (I love Glenisk the best)

A big sprig of fresh mint

Juice of half a lime

2 courgettes sliced finely length ways (a mandolin is great for doing this quickly)

 

1. Lightly saute the garlic and onions and then take off the heat.

2. Mix spices, nuts, mince, egg, garlic and onion. Mix well.

3. Form into meatballs shapes. Try to keep them all the same size so they all cook at the same time.

4. When done put in a preheated oven  at 150C for a few mins while you cook the courgette.

5. Chuck the  courgette in a pan with some olive oil and salt and pepper, this will only take second to cook. You don’t want soggy, limp courgette.

6. Chop mint, add lime juice and yoghurt, give a stir.

7. Serve meatballs on top of courgette spaghetti with a generous dollop of your yoghurt sauce

Chop What Needs Chopping
Fry Those Onions
Meaty Mix
Ready to be Fried
Prepare the Courgette Spaghetti & Mint Yoghurt Sauce
Fry The Meatballs
Cook Courgette Pasta
Glorious Meatballs!

 

Finished Product