Forgive me, I know my best shepherds pie recipe is not German, but I had to include it here. My German family love it and every time my father-in-law comes to Landshut he wants me to cook my easy shepherds pie.
Traditionally shepherds pie is made using ground lamb, but I always use ground beef for mine. Use whichever you prefer. My recipe for shepherds pie is enough for 2 so just double the quantity if required.
450 g floury potatoes
1 large carrot, diced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, finely chopped
300g minced beef
300 ml hot beef stock
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons milk
knob of butter
1 teaspoon cornflour (cornstarch)
75 g frozen peas
freshly ground salt and pepper
2-3 drops of tabasco sauce
First cook the potatoes in salted, boiling water until tender.
Heat the oil in a large pan or frying pan and fry the onion and carrot for about a minute or so. The add the ground beef and stir fry until the meat is well browned. Pour in the hot beef stock and stir in the soy sauce. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Drain the potatoes and return to the pan. Beat in the milk and butter until creamy and smooth. Add more milk or butter as required. You may also find that heating the milk first gives a smoother consistency.
Mix the cornflour with a little water to make a paste and then stir into the beef mixture. Add the frozen peas, bring back to the boil and stir until slightly thickened. Season with salt, pepper and tobasco sauce.
Spoon the beef mixture into a heatproof dish, spread the mashed potatoes over the top and make a criss cross pattern with a fork. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for about half an hour.
Serve shepherds pie with your favourite vegetables. If liked you can add sweetcorn to the beef mixture also. Just use your imagination.
Another idea is to sprinkle grated cheese over the top of the potato before popping in the oven.
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Zachary - USA
Tremendous website. I lived in Germany for almost 14 years. Your recipes have me excited about getting back into German cooking. Thanks so much!
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