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Old 03-18-2011, 01:30 AM   #1
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I have been wanting to make shepards pie for a while now and I figured what better time than now. Ok, I lied it is actually cottage pie since it isn't lamb but just swap out the beef for lamb and you got shepard's.



A couple things missing from the picture but it is pretty much everything. Didn't come out looking the best but it tasted pretty damn good for version 1.0. It needs a little tweaking but its pretty close.




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Didn't get any pictures of it after some was scooped out because next thing I knew it was pretty much empty.


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Looks great. My sister made it for dinner tonight as well.



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May I suggest, as one who has made many a Shepherd's Pie, that after putting the meat in the dish, covering with potatoes, and heating for a while to ensure everything is at the right temp.... Flip the oven over to broil, and score the top of the potatoes with the prongs of a fork so that you have many parallel ridges. Place it under the broiler until the top starts to brown.
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Yeah I agree with cranking up the oven to brown the top.

What kind of beer did you use? I like a good porter in there.
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You know, I've never made it with beer. Always stuck to my mum's way of making it... Not sure I can mess with the tradition instilled in me; I can't even bring myself to add cheese to it!
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May I suggest, as one who has made many a Shepherd's Pie, that after putting the meat in the dish, covering with potatoes, and heating for a while to ensure everything is at the right temp.... Flip the oven over to broil, and score the top of the potatoes with the prongs of a fork so that you have many parallel ridges. Place it under the broiler until the top starts to brown.
I thought about doing that but was in a hurry and everyone was bitching that they wanted to eat.

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What kind of beer did you use? I like a good porter in there.
It was an oatmeal stout. Its the only thing I had that wasn't on the hoppy side. I think anything really roasty would be good. It was roughly about half beer half stock.
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Did you use instant mashed 'taters? I have found that the extra effort to make them fresh doesn't really help these types of recipes...
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It only takes an extra 5-ish minutes to crisp the top, so worth it!
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I've made a bastard version of Shepard's Pie with ground turkey before. Pretty decent. I still haven't made one the traditional way with lamb yet.
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No, I have only ever had one instant teters I thought were any good and they were "cheesy" kind. I didn't think that would go to well. Plus mashed taters are easy as hell to make and everything else was from scratch so there was no point not to. Hell, I even ground the meat myself.


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