This past weekend, I picked up some wonderful ground lamb from my friends at Massey Creek Farms.  I had a couple of ideas on how I wanted to use it and finally decided on Shepherd’s Pie.  The decision was really quite easy since this dish has savory meat and vegetables in a rich gravy topped with buttery mashed potatoes…oh yes, bring it on!  I made my own mashed potatoes but you can certainly use store bought and just add a little flavor with butter and seasoning.  Shepherd’s Pie is comfort food at it’s best!
A Southern Soul | Shepherd's Pie
Shepherd’s Pie

Mashed Potatoes
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
1/2 cup half-and-half or milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Peel potatoes and cut into chunks.
  • Place in saucepan and cover with cold water.  Cook on high heat until fork tender.
  • Drain potatoes in a colander and return to saucepan.
  • Mash potatoes then add half and half, butter, sour cream, salt and pepper.  Continue to mash until smooth.
  • Set side until meat mixture is done.
A Southern Soul | Lamb Shepherd's Pie
Meat and Vegetables

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb ground lamb
1/2 lb ground beef
1 large onion – chopped
2 large carrots – chopped
2 stalks celery – chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup beef or vegetable stock

  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Saute carrots, onion and celery in the olive oil till tender.
  • Add meat and cook until browned.  Drain off any fat.
  • Add thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Add tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce, mixing well.
  • Sprinkle with flour and stir through.
  • Add stock and bring to a low boil.
  • Cook for approximately 15 minutes, allowing liquid to reduce.
  • Layer meat in bottom of an oven proof dish.
  • Spoon mashed potatoes over top of meat mixture.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are brown on top.
    • Can use broiler for extra browning on potatoes.
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