Shepherd’s Pie with Leftover Lamb

's Pie with Leftover Lamb Recipe by Housewife Confidential

It’s been a funny old week around these parts. Monty has continued to burn up and has spent much of it sleeping on his Mama. I feel like I have barely left the sofa save for the brief visit to have two peculiar wisdom teeth pulled out. Hopefully next week Monty will be recovered and we’ll be able to get outside!

With the evenings beginning so early these days, comfort food is firmly on the menu. There have been hearty soups, fish cakes and roasts to name but a few. One of our favourite meals is made using the leftovers from roast lamb or beef – shepherd’s or cottage pie. I have never really understood why it is so often made with mince and have always made ours using excess meat from the Sunday roast. The result is well worth the effort and makes a superb freezer meal as well.

's Pie with Leftover Lamb Recipe by Housewife Confidential

Shepherd’s Pie with Leftover Roast Lamb Recipe

400g leftover roast lamb (or beef to make cottage pie)  – you may have more or less, adjust other ingredients to suit – cut into approx 1cm cubes

Leftover gravy or lamb stock (beef if you absolutely can’t find lamb)

3-4 medium potatoes

1 medium/large sweet potato (or could replace with another flavoursome root such as parsnip, celeriac etc)

1 onion – finely chopped

1 carrot – finely chopped

Optional – a handful of grated cheddar

Preheat oven to 200°C – feeds approx six

  • Boil your potatoes and sweet potato (sweet potato won’t need as long so pop in after a couple of minutes). When they are ready (easily slide off a knife but not falling apart), drain them and sit in pan with tea towel over the top to capture the steam.
  • In a frying pan, quickly brown your meat in a little olive oil then set it aside.
  • Gently fry the onion and carrot for a couple of minutes until they are soft and starting to colour a little.
  • Return the meat to the pan along with your leftover gravy, bring it up to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes. If it is getting a little dry then add some water but you don’t want it too runny or it will give you soggy potatoes.
  • Mash the potatoes with a little butter.
  • Spoon the meat mixture into a ceramic pie dish and fork the potato mix over the top. If you like cheesy mash, sprinkle the cheese over the top and fork in lightly.
  • (Can freeze or cool and save to cook later at this point)
  • Cook in the oven at 200°C for around 25 – 30 minutes.

's Pie with Leftover Lamb Recipe by Housewife Confidential

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  • Reply Abby November 21, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Poor sweet boy, hope he’s feeling better soon! x

  • Reply Top Bird @ Wee Birdy November 23, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    My husband’s name is Monte! :) Hope your Monty is feeling better soon.
    That Shepherd’s Pie looks amazing – great recipe with leftover lamb, too! xx

    • Reply Kat January 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks for the shpherd’s pie love girls, Monty did get better eventually :)

  • Reply Super Kat (@thatkat) September 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Proper cottage pie underway.

  • Reply Super Kat (@thatkat) April 1, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Got lamb leftover from the weekend? Make this delicious Shepherd’s Pie: make it go further with lentils…

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