Shepherd’s Pie with a Twist

Comfort food to me is a home-made pie and after purchasing a new Falcon dish, I was all ready to put it to good use.  I did!  After my duties from work, I was really craving for some Shepherd’s Pie.  Since I was lazy to go out and get me some, decided to make it from scratch with some help, of course.

After about 1 hour in the kitchen, was pleased with the overall result.  I left the pie unattended in the oven for a tad bit longer than it should which resulted in the charred bits but hey, it still tasted yummy!

Oh, did I tell you I changed the pie a little, this is a Shepherd’s Pie with Kechap Pedas (black sweet sauce with belachan).  Funny you may ask, but it was sweet, savory with a tinge of heat all rolled into one!  Definitely making this again!

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Shepherd’s Pie with Kechap Pedas [Adapted from Simply Recipes]
[Serves 3-4, small portions]

Ingredients:
– 4 medium to large potatoes
– 1/2 white onion, chopped
– 1/2 carrot, chopped
– Corn, Edamame (optional)
– 500g pack minced meat (I used a mixture of beef and pork minced meat)
– 3-4 tbsp of tomato puree (I used pasta sauce instead)
– 2 -3 tbsp of Kechap Pedas (depending on taste)
– 3 – 4 tbsp of butter
– 3 tbsp milk
– 1 tbsp sunflower oil
– Salt and pepper

Method:

1) Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).
2) While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan.
3) Sauté onions in sunflower oil until tender. If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or edamame either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.
4) Add ground meat and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add pasta sauce and stir till all the ingredients are covered with the sauce.  Add the Kechap Pedas thereafter.
5) Mash potatoes in bowl with butter followed by milk, season to taste.
6) Place meat mixture into baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.
7) Cook in 180 degree Celcius oven until bubbling and brown (about 20 – 30 minutes).

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All that’s left to do now is to tuck in and enjoy the dish!  Yummy in my tummy!  🙂

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