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Shepherds pie

It’s Earth Day and the storms are lashing Sydney as I type this. I feel very lucky to have a roof over my head, with only the occasional leak. My Instagram feed is filled with rising flood waters, broken houses, fallen trees and city garbage bins filled with broken umbrellas.

Now, more than ever, is the time for the ultimate comfort food, shepherd’s or cottage pie. In Australia, we call it shepherds pie, but the canons of history tell me this is technically a cottage pie because it contains beef (and pork), not lamb. Bah, what’s a name between friends. Shepherds-pie-recipe |Blah Blah Magazine

This post is a part of the Cross Over meal series that was borne out of an awesome chitty chat on Facebook about cutting costs to build a beautiful life.Shepherds-pie-recipe |Blah Blah Magazine It’s a great way to save time, resources and money and not let your tastebuds wither away and die from lack of use.Shepherds-pie-recipe |Blah Blah Magazine

If you want to get in on this cross over meal adventure. The Bolognese mix recipe is here and it’s the first post in the series. For this, I used some of Gordo’s left over mash. He makes a mean mash. The recipe is in the lamb and mash post.

Shepherds' Pie
Serves 6
This recipe uses leftovers to quickly make the ultimate comfort food.
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  1. 3 cups Bolognese
  2. 1-2 cup frozen peas or other pre cooked vegetables
  3. 3 cups of mashed potato or sweet potato, mixed with butter and seasoned with salt and pepper
  4. ½ cup grated parmeasan
  5. Pie dish or casserole dish, approximately 25 centimetres/ 10 inches wide
  1. Preheat oven 200C/400 F
  2. Pour Bolognese mix into the dish.
  3. Add enough frozen peas or other pre-cooked vegetables to bring the mix up to two inches in height and stir well.
  4. Pat down the mix so it’s quite compact.
  5. Spoon mash over the top and pat it down.
  6. You can run the fork over the top if you want to make pretty patterns.
  7. Sprinkle with parmesan.
  8. Bake in oven for about an hour or until golden brown and crisp on top.
  9. While you’re waiting you can serve a big plate of salad or vegetables to keep the hungry hordes at bay.
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  1. I have pinned this one for later 🙂

  2. I sat in disbelief watching what has happened across NSW, I’m glad to hear you are safe.

    I always make my Shepherds Pie with beef and actually don’t think I’ve ever used lamb before! This is such a great idea for a recipe series, can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  3. Gosh those storms were awful! This is definitely the kind of meal you need in that sort of weather. Love how budget friendly this is too! Thanks so much for joining our Fabulous Foodie Fridays link up xx

  4. Such a classic. I like mine sprinkled with parmesan on top, my girls squeeze tomato sauce over theirs. Glad you are ok after the storms.

  5. Yum! You’re right, if it’s got beef in it’s Cottage Pie, if it’s got lamb in it’s Shepherd’s Pie, not that I’m a pie purist or anything. This is one of our favourite dinners and it’s on high rotation in our house! Adding parmesan takes mash to a whole new level. Huzzah for comfort food! Hope you weathered the storms, and that your umbrellas live happily ever after!

  6. Yummmm so love cottage pie Bele… I make this one with cauliflower and cheese instead of potato. You just blend the cauliflower after it’s been boiled and add grated cheese and bake it as normal. My boys can’t even tell the difference, ha! Isn’t cottage / Shepard’s pie the ultimate comfort food for cooler weather?? I must try the bolognese version as sounds delish!

  7. All those broken umbrellas! My IG feed was inundated with broken umbrellas! Glad to hear all is ok. Love a good comfort food recipe and this looks delicious. It’s probably not the done thing but I always sneak in a little tomato sauce on the side too 🙂

  8. Love this, I think we will make up a batch of Spag Bol this week and give this a try, thanks lovely x

  9. Mmmm – we actually had this this week. This was the dish I smuggled cauliflower into and no one noticed! I was so proud

  10. Oh Shepherds pie! I always forget about these delightful dishes. Thank you for reminding me 🙂
    I’m definitely onboard with the crossover meal

  11. This is perfect comfort food for those rainy days (which we’re expected to get more of, by the way!).
    I love Shepherd’s Pie but have never made it…I no longer have an excuse! x

  12. Hopefully those storms have passed for good! But agreed definitely comfort food weather. Ive never actually had shepards pie but your recipe looks yummy and simple so might be the time to try!

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