June 16, 2024

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Shepherds Pie – What is the Reliable Dish and How do You Make It?

When my brother-in-regulation and sister-in-legislation are in city, my spouse and I like to go out to supper with them. We made the decision to go to a community golf club for convenience food stuff night. My sister-in-regulation requested Shepherds Pie, an historic dish created with lamb, veggies, and mashed potatoes.

But this major training course did not resemble the historic recipe it had been Americanized. “What does it style like?” I requested.

“It is meat loaf with mashed potatoes on leading,” my sister-in-regulation replied. “This is great, but it is really not Shepherds Pie.” Her remark manufactured me curious about the record of the meal. I realized that Shepherds Pie is not a pie at all, but a meat casserole, or incredibly hot dish, as we say in my property condition of Minnesota.

In accordance to the Cooks.Com site, Shepherds Pie is a British dish created with lamb. Its cousin, Cottage Pie, is made with beef. Opposite to what some believe that, neither one particular includes cheese. “If you see cheese any where in the vicinity of a recipe for both,” the web-site states, “put it down to the USA’s obsession to insert cheese to something that moves… “

Mark R. Vogel presents a short history of the dish in his Foodstuff Reference web page report, “The Excellent Shepherd.” Vogel claims the recipe originated in the “heart of the Scottish countryside,” which is lamb state, and is a standard way to use up leftovers. He thinks the recipe goes back again to the 1870s. Though veggies are additional currently, the initial dish was meat, gravy, and potatoes.

Vogel employs ground lamb for his recipe and adds onions, carrots, and celery. He tells how to make do-it-yourself gravy with beef broth and mashed potatoes with significant cream. Now that is convenience food items!

Paul Merrett’s recipe for the basic dish is posted on the BBC website. His recipe phone calls for garlic, fresh rosemary, parsnips, peas and chopped tomatoes, and is far more of a modern-day pot pie. Some internet sites say the recipe is British and some others say it is Scottish. In my look for for information about the historic dish I came throughout a recipe for Ratatouille Shepherds Pie, which is about as significantly from a meat pie as you can get.

I make Shepherds Pie the previous fashioned way. My rendition is dependent on a recipe in “The Fannie Farmer Cookbook: A Heritage of Very good Cooking for a New Era of Cooks.” Like so lots of dishes that are primarily based on leftovers, there are no exact measurements. To start out with, I have about a few cups of cubed lamb. If I am brief on gravy, I saute some meat in a solid iron skillet, get rid of them, and make much more gravy from the juices and meat bits in the pan.

I put the gravy, meat and a box of defrosted carrots and peas into a casserole dish and top rated the mixture with mashed potatoes. You may perhaps make mashed potatoes from scratch or use dehydrated types. Bake the casserole in a 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes. Shepherds Pie — convenience food at its best — has withstood the test of time and new versions will absolutely look.

Copyright 2010 by Harriet Hodgson.