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05-12-2019, 12:04 PM
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Re: Shepherd's pie variations?

My dad loves my cottage pie. I don't make Shepherds pie as I don't like lamb.

I fry celery, frozen mixed veg, onion and beef mince in frylight with some garlic, black pepper and mixed herbs then I add a pint of beef stock. I then add ready cooked pearl barley and lentils (I just guess the amount) and simmer for a while.

I scoop into mince mixture into a dish with a slotted spoon and set aside the gravy. I then top with mashed sweet potato and butternut squash or swede. I then add a little sprinkling of grated low fat cheese and a few breadcrumbs and brown in the oven.

Low fat low calorie version that's very tasty, well my dad and husband love it anyway.

Forgot to say, I put half quorn mince and half 5% fat mince to make it lower in fat.
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05-12-2019, 02:11 PM
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Depends on the time of year and whether or not you leave his boots on!
I see. It is similar to politicians on this side of the pond. If you take them in the Summer time, they are wormy.
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05-12-2019, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Savvy ->
I see. It is similar to politicians on this side of the pond. If you take them in the Summer time, they are wormy.
Not quite, ours are wormy all year round.
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05-12-2019, 07:34 PM
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Some interesting ideas here - thanks!

I wonder whether anyone uses a special professional contraption to pipe the potatoes on top in a fancy pattern (like icing on a cake). When you buy the ready meals they have piped spuds, but I've just been plopping them on with a big spoon and then spreading out and making lines with a fork to improve the appearance.
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05-12-2019, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by AnnieS ->
Some interesting ideas here - thanks!

I wonder whether anyone uses a special professional contraption to pipe the potatoes on top in a fancy pattern (like icing on a cake). When you buy the ready meals they have piped spuds, but I've just been plopping them on with a big spoon and then spreading out and making lines with a fork to improve the appearance.
I buy disposable piping bags to use for the potato on my Cottage Pies .... very easy to use.
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05-12-2019, 08:27 PM
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Re: Shepherd's pie variations?

Originally Posted by AnnieS ->
Some interesting ideas here - thanks!

I wonder whether anyone uses a special professional contraption to pipe the potatoes on top in a fancy pattern (like icing on a cake). When you buy the ready meals they have piped spuds, but I've just been plopping them on with a big spoon and then spreading out and making lines with a fork to improve the appearance.
I would put little dollops of dryish mash over the top .... allowing the filling underneath to breath. Rustic-looking ...
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05-12-2019, 11:18 PM
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Re: Shepherd's pie variations?

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I would put little dollops of dryish mash over the top .... allowing the filling underneath to breath. Rustic-looking ...
you make it seem cool in a manly "Jamie Oliver" way! But I'd like to be more meticulously female and may go down the traditional path next time per Mag's suggestion.

I have a piping bag which is not disposable but there's a definite knack to the task which anyone who used to watch the generation game will understand when I say that when I tried it years ago it didn't quite look or work the way I'd imagined.

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05-12-2019, 11:20 PM
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I buy disposable piping bags to use for the potato on my Cottage Pies .... very easy to use.
I think you are having a giraffe hence the smiley! But yes I will try and maybe I will post a pic of my efforts next time
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05-12-2019, 11:50 PM
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Re: Shepherd's pie variations?

Is the taste affected if you use a German Sheppard?
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05-12-2019, 11:52 PM
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I think you are having a giraffe hence the smiley! But yes I will try and maybe I will post a pic of my efforts next time
It is difficult if the potato is very hot .... ouch!

I think you get used to using the piping bag after a while so it's not too bad. I usually use the star nozzle with mine.
 
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