Wednesday 23 August 2017

Lamb and Rosemary Shepherd's Pie

Lamb shepherd's pie.

Ah, one of the great comfort meals! Good old shepherd's pie is another one of those dishes that always reminds me of my childhood as we often enjoyed it for supper. We would usually have the beef version, but this time around I decided to make a lamb shepherd's pie instead.

Easy shepherd's pie with lamb mince.

I was sent a gift from Rooiberg Winery earlier in the winter. In it was an exquisite bottle of their award winning Red Muscadel (which husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed sipping next to the fire on these cold winter evenings) as well as a bottle of Pinotage which I used in this week's recipe. Red wine and winter comfort cooking go hand in hand of course, and this shepherd's pie recipe did not disappoint. 

Classic shepherd's pie recipe.

Winter shepherd's pie recipe.

In other exciting news, Cupcakes and Couscous will soon have a new home on the web! We are working hard behind the scenes and making some changes, but if all goes well we will be on track for the big reveal soon. Watch this space! In the meantime, keep warm and happy cooking. 

Disclaimer - I received a wine pack from Rooiberg Winery as a gift. I was under no obligation to write this post.


Serves 4

1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 medium carrots (about 120g) peeled and finely chopped
500g lamb mince
2 sprigs rosemary, leaves removed and finely chopped
½ cup red wine
400g tin peeled and chopped tomatoes
1 cup beef stock
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper

For the topping:

750g potatoes, peeled and quartered 
75g butter 
½ cup milk
40g finely grated parmesan cheese
piping bag and round nozzle

1.) Heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan. Add the onion, garlic and carrots and fry for 2-3 minutes.

2.) Add the lamb mince and rosemary to the pan and brown the mince. Add the red wine and leave to cook for a minute. 

3.) Add the tomatoes, beef stock and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper, reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 25 minutes. 

4.) Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and boil for 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are tender. While the potatoes and mince are cooking preheat your oven to 200° and get an ovenproof dish ready. (I used a 25cm x 23cm dish.) 

5.) Just before the potatoes are ready heat the butter and milk in a small saucepan until the butter has melted and the milk is just about to reach boiling point. Drain the potatoes well and add the milk mixture with a pinch of salt and the grated cheese. Mash the potatoes until smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

6.) Check the seasoning of the mince mixture. Tip the mixture into the oven dish and smooth into an even layer. Spoon the cooled mashed potato into your piping bag and pipe over the top of the mince. (You can also spoon the potato over the top if you prefer.) Bake for 35-40 minutes until the potato has browned.) Serve immediately.


  1. Can i Use another sauce instead of Worcestershire?

    1. Hi, you could use soy sauce or just leave it out. ;)