The Ivy’s Shepherd’s Pie
Made at The Ivy | Serves 6
For the base
200g lean rib of beef mince
200g lean lamb mince
2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
100g button mushrooms, washed and finely chopped
100g carrots, peeled and diced
3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed
3 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves removed and chopped
100ml red wine
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tin (200g) chopped tomatoes
300ml veal stock (you can buy veal stock from good quality supermarkets. If you can’t find it, you can use beef or chicken stock)
1 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp plain flour
Vegetable oil for frying
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
For the mashed potatoes
800g King Edwards or Maris Piper (preferably)
60g unsalted butter
Salt & white pepper
Lightly oil both the lamb and beef mince. Heat a frying pan until smoking and cook the meat, mixing continuously, for about 5 minutes until the meat is a light brown colour. Pour off the excess liquid and put in a dish to one side until the rest of the ingredients are ready.
In the same pan, heat a little oil and gently sweat the shallots, thyme, button mushrooms and carrots for about 8 minutes. Add the mince and mix in the tomato purée and cook for about 5 minutes; then add the chopped tomatoes, red wine and reduce for about 10 minutes. Add flour and mix thoroughly. Add the Worcestershire sauce and veal stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; add more Worcestershire sauce if required and then the oregano. Keep to one side.
Peel and cut the potatoes into even-sized pieces. Cook in boiling salted water for around 15 minutes until soft; then drain and return to the pan over a gentle heat to remove any excess moisture. Using an old-fashioned masher or a potato ricer, thoroughly mash the potatoes and mix them with butter and season to taste.
To assemble and serve
Preheat the oven to 180°C / gas mark 4.
Put the meat mixture into an oven proof dish. Top with the mashed potato (you can pipe this if you have the time), put into the oven and bake for around 30 minutes. It should turn a nice golden colour.
We serve with buttered peas and carrots at The Ivy.