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Slow-cooked Spanish-style shepherd’s pie


Serves: 6-8
timePrep time: 1 hr
timeTotal time:
Slow-cooked Spanish-style shepherd’s pie
Recipe photograph by Kris Kirkham

Slow-cooked Spanish-style shepherd’s pie

Smoky chorizo ramps up the flavour in this twist on a family favourite

Serves: 6-8
timePrep time: 1 hr
timeTotal time:

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Nutritional information (per serving)
Calories
845Kcal
Fat
45gr
Saturates
21gr
Carbs
44gr
Sugars
5gr
Fibre
6gr
Protein
64gr
Salt
1.9gr

Debbie Major

Debbie Major

Cook, writer and food stylist, Debbie's reputation for foolproof, delicious recipes is second to none. She is renowned for her dedication to seasonal home cooking and her love of all things rustic and authentic. Simplicity over cheffy is her motto!
See more of Debbie Major’s recipes
Debbie Major

Debbie Major

Cook, writer and food stylist, Debbie's reputation for foolproof, delicious recipes is second to none. She is renowned for her dedication to seasonal home cooking and her love of all things rustic and authentic. Simplicity over cheffy is her motto!
See more of Debbie Major’s recipes

Ingredients

  • 1.5kg boneless lamb shoulder, trimmed and diced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g cooking chorizo, skinned and chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200g carrots, diced
  • 1 small leek, cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 15g plain flour
  • 600ml lamb or chicken stock
  • 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked
  • 4 fresh bay leaves
For the topping
  • 1.2 kg floury potatoes, such as King Edwards, peeled
  • 50g butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 100g Manchego cheese, grated

Step by step

Get ahead
Prepare to the end of step 5, cooling the filling and mash before assembling. Cover and chill or freeze. Add 10-15 minutes cooking time from chilled
  1. Season the diced lamb. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large, flameproof casserole, add half the lamb and fry over a high heat until nicely browned all over. Spoon onto a plate and repeat with the rest of the lamb (you shouldn’t need any more oil for the second batch). Add the chorizo to the casserole and fry briefly until lightly golden. Scoop out to the plate.
  2. Preheat the oven to 150°C, fan 130°C, gas 2. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the casserole with the onions and garlic and fry over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes until soft and lightly golden. Add the carrots, leek and celery and fry for 5 minutes more. Stir in the smoked paprika, tomato purée and flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring. Gradually add the stock, stirring until smooth. Bring to a simmer and add the thyme, bay leaves, lamb, chorizo and seasoning. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook in the oven for 11⁄2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the lid from the casserole and cook uncovered in the oven for another 30 minutes to reduce and thicken the sauce, by which time the lamb should be meltingly tender and just falling apart. Meanwhile, cut the potatoes into large chunks, put into a large pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil. Cook for 20 minutes until tender then drain into a colander and leave to steam for a couple of minutes.
  4. Melt the butter in the used potato pan, cook the garlic for 1 minute, then mash with the potatoes and parsley, off the heat. Season to taste.
  5. Put a baking tray into the oven and heat to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Season the lamb mixture to taste and spoon into a deep 24cm x 30cm ovenproof baking dish. Spoon over the mashed potatoes, making sure they make a good seal with the edge of the dish. Lightly rough up the surface with the back of a fork and scatter over the grated cheese.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes until bubbling hot and golden brown.

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