A twist on a classic - recipe for this delicious Cheesy Shepherd's Pie

Published Sunday, Oct 26 2014, 17:20 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Pretty much everyone loves a classic Shepherd's Pie, but this recipe goes one step further, by adding cheese to the mash potato topping - yum!

And although there's various takes on the recipe, this certain one uses the likes of red wine, cinnamon and Worcestershire sauce for extra flavour. Serve to the whole family for a comforting supper that they'll all love.

Cheesy Shepherd's Pie

© Pilgrims Choice


  • 700g minced lamb
  • 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 25g vegetable oil
  • 30g tomato puree
  • 25g butter
  • 30g tomato ketchup
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 3 glasses red wine (270g)
  • 3 celery sticks cut into 1 cm cubes
  • 25g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 carrots cut into 1cm cubes
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • For the potato topping:
  • 900g peeled potatoes
  • 25g butter
  • 100g full fat milk
  • 200g Pilgrims Choice Extra Mature grated
  • Black Pepper


1 Fry the lamb in the hot oil to seal the meat and colour it.

2 In a separate saucepan melt the butter and cook the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cinnamon and chopped herbs. Allow to cook until beginning to soften.

3 Add the lamb to the vegetables and continue to cook for a few minutes. Add the tomato puree, ketchup and Worcestershire Sauce. Then add the red wine and cook until reduced.

4 Sprinkle the flour over the meat, stir constantly and cook for 2-3 minutes.

5 Add the stock and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally.

6 Leave to cook for 1 - 1 1/2 hours adding a little water if required.

7 Meanwhile make the mashed potato topping. Boil the potatoes until tender. Drain and mash with the butter, milk and black pepper. Add half of the cheese and return to the heat mixing well until melted.

8 Once the meat mixture is ready, spoon into an ovenproof serving dish. Spoon the potato over the meat and finish with the remaining half of grated cheese.

9 Place in a hot oven at 200c, 400f or gas mark 6 until the mash is crispy and the meat is piping hot.

10 Serve immediately with buttered carrots and green beans.

Prep Time

45 minutes

Cook Time

1 1/2 - 2

Nutrition Information

Serves 6

More comforting dishes to make:

Vietnamese Chicken and Broccoli Noodle Soup
Bread and Butter Pudding
Cauliflower and Macaroni Cheese
Spicy Chicken Drumsticks and Butternut Bake

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