About this recipe:This is not a shepherd's pie in the true sense, due to it using lean turkey mince as opposed to the more traditional lamb mince. However, this does result in a very healthy option for a shepherd's pie, especially when combined with the spices and chillies that give it the slimming properties.
1 teaspoon Very Lazy Garlic® or 1 garlic clove, crushed
1kg turkey mince
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons dried herbs, such as mint and thyme
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon tomato puree
100g sliced carrots
100g sliced mushrooms
milk and margarine for mashing potatoes, as needed
100g grated cheese
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Method Prep:1hr › Cook:30min › Ready in:1hr30min
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, and cook potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat a large wok over medium heat with the oil and fry all but a few tablespoons of the chopped onion for 3 minutes. Stir in the chilli and garlic just to heat through. Add the mince, and break up with a spatula. Cover with a lid so that it sweats. Uncover after 2 minutes, stir and repeat the process until the mince has browned off nicely.
Remove the wok from the heat and pour excess fat off into a jug. Stir in the turmeric, herbs, salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree and stir in well followed by the gravy, carrots and mushrooms. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes or until the the gravy has thickened.
By now the potatoes should be soft enough to mash - prick them with knife to test. Take off the heat, drain and pop back into the pan and mash, adding a low fat margarine and a drop of milk. When thoroughly mashed add the rest of the onions and half the cheese and mix in. Set aside for 5 minutes.
Spread the mince meat meat mixture in the bottom of a low ovenproof dish and pat down. Spread the mash over the meat with a knife so it is nice and smooth. Use a fork to make even lines in the mash. Finally, sprinkle with the remainder of the grated cheese.
Bake the shepherd's pie onto the middle shelf of the preheated oven until the cheese is a golden brown, about 30 minutes.
I don't doubt that this is a perfectly healthy recipe but come on, it's Shepherd's Pie, since when has Shepherd's Pie featured Scots Bonnet Chillies or Turmeric? Keep it simple, this recipe seems to have suffered from Celebrity Chef Syndrome, I am going to make it but I am going to leave out the chillies and the turmeric as they are not necessary, particularly if good quality turkey mince is used, if you use MRM turkey then okay, add all the spices and flavours that you can think of as MRM has no flavour what so ever and needs all the help it can get.
There is on aspect about this recipe which I have only just thought of though and that is that the person who posted it may be of a foreign extraction and thereby use these additional ingredients due to having grown up with them and just added them to the shepherd's pie idea, alternatively it may be that cosmopolitan influences have finally made it into great British classics. - 24 Sep 2011