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20 November 2006 @ 11:05 am
Shepherd's Pie Challenge  


Late last week, moxielass came up wih a fantastic challenge a shepherd's pie challenge.  I have always loved Shepherd's Pie, but never attempted one.  Boy am i glad i attempted this challenge.  To view moxielass's shepherd's pie, click here

Coalfox also participated in the challenge, for her interpretation, click here

I made two different fillings for the Shepherd's Pie.  One beef and one chicken.  Reasoning?  Cos my dad isn't a fan of beef, he tries to avoid eating beef, so I made a batch with chicken just so that he can have some.  Also because it is healthier.... .  

There's no difference between the two, i just switched the beef in the recipe to chicken.  I didn't follow any particular recipe as usual.  I went by memory of the various Shepherd's Pie I have tasted.  

In total, there was one large beef, 2 small beef and 3 small chicken.  Why so many?  The HUGE ass one (beef) went to a pot luck Cheok and I were attending (sat), one small beef for Cheok's folks who just returned from a holiday so that they don't have to cook, and one small chicken one for Mr & Mrs Prem.  A little gift for them.  Mr and Mrs Prem, pls come empty handed next time k.  The rest were for home.

All that we have left at home now is 1 whole chicken version and half a beef version.  This recipe will def be repeated.  The beef version was slightly tastier than the chicken, but maybe it's because we enjoy beef.




Shepherd's Pie
Serves 6


Ingredients:
1 1/2 lb minced beef
1 tablespoon garlic minced
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 onions diced
2 carrots diced
1 cinnamon stick
1 sprig of rosemary
2 bay leaf
4 cloves
8 pepper corns
3 tablespoon wocheshire sauce
100 ml tomato paste
3 tomatoes diced
2 cups of beef stock
1/2 cup red wine
2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt (heaped)
cornstarch mixed with water (to help thicken the gravy)
8 large russet potatoes
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon mustard
1 cup shredded cheese (optional)

Method:
1. Sautee onions with the pepper corns, cinnamon and cloves till fragrant and the onions are transparent.
2. Add the garlic, stir for another 2 minutes.
3. Add the minced beef, stir till it is browned.
4. Add the tomatoes, wocheshire sauce and carrots, and stir. 
5. Add the tomato paste and red wine and stir.
6. Bring to boil, and add the beef stock, sugar and bay leaf.  
7. Allow this to simmer for about 1 hour.
8. Add salt to taste.
9.  While the meat is simmering, boil the potatoes.
10. Mash it with the sour cream, butter and mustard.  (add salt if needed)
11.  If the gravy (meat) is too runny, add the starch, and thicken to your preference.
12.  Place the meat into a baking dish. 
13. Top it with your mustard mash.
14.  Smooth the top, and add designs if you like.  
15.  Sprinkle with shredded cheese if you want.
16.  Place the pie into a 200C pre-heated oven for about half an hour, till the top is a nice golden brown.
17.  Serve immediately.


The filling


Topped with Mash


Beef version all done


Chicken all done!






 
 
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Pernicious Damseldamsie on November 20th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
heh, you probably meant to type "beef version all done" instead of "beer version all done"... (: otherwise, they look GOOD!
vanessafrida: vanessafrida on November 20th, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHAA thanks! Man...silly me!! updated.
Your Herochampion on November 20th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
I'm hungry now.
vanessafrida: Yes Sirvanessafrida on November 20th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
awww don't be.... grab a snack?
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Kitarrakitarra on November 20th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
Love these! The crust turned out gorgeous. I am thinking of doing a seafood Shepard's pie and these are a great inspiration.
vanessafrida: vanessafrida on November 20th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
yea i am thinking of doing a seafood one too, though it won't be a shepherd's pie by then...seafood pie? hehehehe

pls do give a holler when you do try making it....would love to see your end product :)
All things merit my attention and nothing holds itmoxielass on November 20th, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
Your recipe sounds great and the outcome looks great. I am gonna give it a try next time. :D
vanessafridavanessafrida on November 20th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was interesting having mustard mash with it :)
Little Miss Sunshine.tiffanyx on November 20th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
hey babe. whats the oven thing you use again?

and how much is it please?
vanessafridavanessafrida on November 20th, 2006 05:18 am (UTC)
a turbo broiler? I didn't use that for this, and i am not sure exactly...around $100?
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Laineytaiirei on November 20th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
Hello! That looks really nice! I'm going to friend you because I keep coming back to look for recipes and the pictures 8-) So it'll just make it easier for me 8-)
vanessafrida: Yes Sirvanessafrida on November 20th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC)
hello...and thank you. add away, do leave comments and chat...so we can get to know each other. :)
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vanessafridavanessafrida on November 20th, 2006 08:00 am (UTC)
go on! it was pretty simple :)
I want to be Joyful.Grateful.Balancedjoymuji on November 20th, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
hihi!
Just added you, so that i can come back and check out some of ur recipes and try doing it too.lol.
Thanks for sharing. :)
vanessafrida: Maxvanessafrida on November 20th, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)
cute little fella you got there...:) Sure add away...do interact...i like to get to know people before adding them back :)

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(Anonymous) on November 20th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
It was yummy!
wow!....i didnt know u made up the recipe!! u must really know about food and the taste of different ingredients to do that! just wanted to leave a note (to all those visiting ur blog) to say that the pie was Y-U-M-M-Y! so for anyone planning to try this recipe, you will be pleased with the results! It had a nice traditional xmasy taste...thanks once again for thinking of us ...feel so honoured! *happy sigh!* : )

- Mrs Prem
vanessafridavanessafrida on November 20th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
Re: It was yummy!
Yea kind of just threw things together from memory of what it usually taste like, don't think it is THAT authentic. Left out the frozen vegies cos Cheok hates them.

Yes pls do leave a note!! Mr Prem does...and we chat here...now i can chat with you here. :)

Of course i will think of you guys....i am sure there will be more to come :) to make up for NO sticky date this year :P
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Re: It was yummy! - vanessafrida on November 20th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Re: It was yummy! - vanessafrida on November 23rd, 2006 04:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
youheadbuttyouyouheadbuttyou on November 20th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
THIS LOOKS DELICOUS!

In fact, I'll be making it for Thanksgiving.

Can I add you?
vanessafridavanessafrida on November 21st, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)

sure! add away :)
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Jennyib_jennay03 on November 21st, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
That looks sooo good! I must try making it! Is the recipe scaled down for one pie or will I be making as many as you did?

Can I possibly get an add? I'll add you. I've found I like a lot of your recipes! :)
vanessafrida: Yes Sirvanessafrida on November 22nd, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
erm that makes about 4 pies this size.... sorry about that...yes you can scale it down.

Sure add away, and do interact.... it will be fun to exchange ideas :)
(no subject) - vanessafrida on November 22nd, 2006 01:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
you're the most, you're so rad: smile. :Dspazziest_moves on November 21st, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
Im thinking of trying the shepherd pie out. Will it be difficult for someone who has never make these kinds of things? difficult as in making a successful cake kind of difficult? 'cause i'm going to do it together with my friend at her house... wouldnt be too nice if i messed up her mom's kitchen & without even producing anything, heh. :O
vanessafridavanessafrida on November 28th, 2006 07:10 am (UTC)
i hope the pie went well for you. strangely i never saw this comment. sorry abt that.

i doubt you would have had trouble with the recipe...almost a dump and put everything together. :)
Lolita, Go Homelolitapop on November 30th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
OMG, THE PIE WAS SOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOD. I could taste the rosemary and cinammon in the beef, which made it really excellentttt. One good indicator of how good the food is to judge it by how intense Scout is begging for it. HURHUR. He was almost ON THE TABLE!!
vanessafrida: Yes Sirvanessafrida on November 30th, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
yea? that is great! happy to hear. so you got the dried rosemary in the end?

awww poor scout....well i hope he had some kind of gourmet meal too :)
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