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Shepherd’s Pie

Last night we had mates over for a night of boardgames. I decided to be nice and feed them, so I chose to make Shepherd’s Pie. An easy dish, a great crowd pleaser and easy enough to tailor the quantities for how many people you have over.

There was 4 of us, so I made enough for 6. That means the other half and I have two portions left over and won’t have to cook tonight 🙂

Shepherd’s Pie

Serves 4 – 6

600g Baking Potatoes
1kg Beef Mince.
1 Large White Onion (finely chopped)
40g Butter
15g Mixed Herbs
30ml Worcestershire Sauce
1 Vegetable Oxo Cube
20mg Skimmed Milk
15ml Oil (for frying)
60g Cheddar Cheese (grated)
60 Double Gloucester Cheese (grated)
2 garlic cloves (minced)

1) Peel and chop the potatoes into chunks. Place in water. When the water starts to boil, reduce the heat and cook until tender.

2) Meanwhile, heat oil in a large pan over a medium heat and add the chopped onion and garlic. Sauté for a few minutes and then add the mince.

3) Keep stirring until all the mince is fully  cooked. It will be brown in colour, and no red/pink will show. Add the Worcestershire Sauce and the mixed herbs and carefully mix through. Crush up the oxo cube and add to the meat.

4) Place this to one side and drain the potatoes. Mash the potatoes until they are lump free. Gradually add the butter until it’s at a consistency you like.

5) Add the cheese. As the cheese will thicken the mash, use the milk to thin it a little until it’s at a spreadable consistency.

6) Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 6/200 C/400 F

7) Transfer the meat mixture to a casserole dish. We used a large glass one for our dinner, and a smaller one for our meal the next day. The dish should not be full as there needs to be space for the mash to sit comfortably.

8) In small portions, place blobs of potato around the top of the meat mix. Start by framing the dish with the potato blobs and gradually building towards the centre.

9) When the entire surface of the dish is covered, carefully smooth the potato with a spatula. This ensures that the meat mix doesn’t come out of the pie in the oven. If you want, you can add a design to your pie by lightly running a fork over the surface or by carfefully indenting the mash with a palette knife to create a scalloped effect.

10)  Place in the oven for 30 – 35 mins, or until golden brown on top.


We served this with peas, carrots, green beans and a hit of my boyfriend’s gravy concoction. Gravy: Half meat gravy granules, half veg gravy granules and 1 – 2 oxo cubes depending on volume needed. I have to say, it does taste very yummy 🙂

As usual, I have included the calories and the price. It is only for the pie itself, so add any any side servings to your total.

Price for recipe: £6.79
Price per serving: £1.13 – £1.70

Cals for recipe: 2393.33
Cal per serving: 399 – 598

If you make this, let me know how you get on 🙂

Cheers for now,



I just re-heated the Shepherd’s Pie and found that, for our microwave, 8 minutes was just right. As long as it’s warm in the middle though, you should be ok. I thought I would post, just in case someone was wondering.

And as I didn’t post a picture of it after coming out of the dish yesterday, I have included that too 🙂

Hope you enjoy

Cheers again,



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