Tender, meaty lamb mince in a rich sauce topped with silky soft mash potato. This is true comfort shepherd’s pie heaven.
This Sunday my sister and her boyfriend decided to visit which is always welcome and as they only come for a few hours, mainly to see the kids I feel it a duty to ensure they are fed well.
I could, of course, lay on a feast and end up having a food coma that would require us all to have an ‘old man’s hour’ after, but where would the fun be in that, apart from plenty of photo opportunities of the kids pestering the sleepy aunty.
Comfort food is where this sits best in my eyes. Something simple, pretty quick to eat and one that gets us all round the family table.
Shepherd’s pie is the meal I decided upon today. I love a good shepherd’s pie and is one of those meals that reminds me of being at home with my sister with mum and dad on these great family Sundays.
Should I say that this shepherd’s pie is better than my mums, I guess not, however, I have adapted it to how I believe a good classic shepherd’s pie should be.
‘Sorry mum I have changed the family favourite’
What is great about this dish is its simplicity, yet understated elegance. The deep flavour that comes with the lamb mince filling and meaty textures are enhanced by the silky soft mashed potato that sits on top with just enough pie liquor to seep around the plate like a glossy moat around a castle.
This really is comfort food heaven.