Shepherd’s Pie – with a twist!

Reading about Natalie’s shepherd’s pie last week with longing, knowing we would have leftover lamb from Neil’s French Farmhouse cooking class and the recent cold blustery spell we’ve been having made me wonder if it was time for us to make a shepherd’s pie… Then I looked at our organic veggies needing to be used up and saw these beauties:

And I knew immediately that we would have a pie with a twist – the celeriac and blue potatoes in the mash! Just look at how beautiful the blue potatoes are:

And the garlic too:

Since I cut my thumb peeling the celeriac, Neil diced all the veggies and lamb:

And I made the mash:

(check out the chunks of blue in there!)

We sautéed the meat mixture:

and topped it with the mash:

(still digging the blue chunks!!!)

And baked it for around 30 minutes at 400℉, crisping it under the broiler (grill) for about 5 minutes right at the end:

Because there were a couple of sweet potatoes in there, it didn’t crisp and brown as much as if we had used plain potatoes. But it was still pretty:

Verdict? The taste was great but perhaps we could have decreased the sweet potatoes to one and used a couple more regular potatoes. It was a tad too sweet. I also added some cream cheese along with the butter and perhaps should have used a bit less than I did (about 2 tablespoons). It did make it nice and creamy though… The celeriac gave it a nice bite and I would use that again. All in all, a lovely fall dish that only took about 30 minutes to prepare and another 30 to cook. And so nice made with lamb (like my mum used to!!!).

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26 Responses to Shepherd’s Pie – with a twist!

  1. Divina Pe October 27, 2009 at 09:53 #

    That looks very wholesome and delicious. Perfect for the weather today which is a little bit cool (at night).

  2. Mum M October 27, 2009 at 10:56 #

    Shepherd's Pie looks great Mardi. Nana would be proud of you.

  3. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 27, 2009 at 10:58 #

    Mum – that's the best compliment ever!!! Thanks.

    Divina – it is!

  4. Cathy October 27, 2009 at 11:58 #

    This is comfort food at its best. I love this kind of meal on a cold, blustery day.

  5. Fresh Local and Best October 27, 2009 at 12:52 #

    I like the creative twist. I adore celeriac in mashed potatoes. The photos are beautiful!

  6. Conor @ HoldtheBeef October 27, 2009 at 13:38 #

    Mmmmm great "fall" dish (hehe). I'm diggin the blue too!

  7. thehealthyapple.com October 27, 2009 at 15:19 #

    Very Creative; I love this recipe…looks delish..
    Can't wait to meet you in San Fran at Foodbuzz.

  8. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 27, 2009 at 16:00 #

    Cathy – thanks!

    Fresh Local – thanks – it's easy to take nice pics when there are pretty veggies!

    Conor – ok then – Autumn!!

    Healthy Apple – Looking forward to SFO too!

  9. Chow and Chatter October 27, 2009 at 16:16 #

    oh yummy and love the twist send me some!!!

  10. The Chickenless Chick October 27, 2009 at 19:29 #

    LOL! First read "I cut my thumb peeling the celeriac" as "I cut my thumb off peeling the celeriac." I was gonna be like, oh lord, and you're still writing this post instead of at the emergency room??

    Lovely pics as usual… The patterns in that potato remind me of something intergalactic!

  11. lululu October 27, 2009 at 19:44 #

    hv made shepherd's pie one, in a traditional way though.
    your special twist with blue potatoes is great! i bet it must be very flavorful!

  12. Tasty Eats At Home October 27, 2009 at 20:00 #

    Way to use up those leftover veggies! Sounds like a winner.

  13. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 27, 2009 at 21:10 #

    Chow and Chatter – wish I could!

    Chickenless – LOL!!!!

    lululu – very flavourful, yes!

    Tasty Eats – Definitely!

  14. Sook the Cook October 27, 2009 at 22:26 #

    It's a shame that I still haven't made this dish before. It's on my "must make" list! Thanks!

  15. pegasuslegend October 27, 2009 at 23:06 #

    this is amazing 🙂

  16. traveleatlove October 28, 2009 at 00:06 #

    Blue potatoes! That is relly cool. I don't eat lamb, but this looks delicious. My husband would love it!

  17. penny aka jeroxie October 28, 2009 at 00:44 #

    I really do not mind the sweetness of the sweet potatoes. But I am not a big fan of celeraic…

  18. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 28, 2009 at 00:47 #

    Sook – it's so easy!

    Pegasus – thanks!

    traveleatlove – sounds like the husband and Neil would get on very well!

    Penny – the celeriac taste was very mild.

  19. 5 Star Foodie October 28, 2009 at 01:14 #

    This sounds awesome with sweet potatoes & blue potatoes!

  20. Tangled Noodle October 28, 2009 at 04:01 #

    My husband absolutely loves lamb and shepherd's pie so your version incorporating the two would be a big hit! I've never used celeriac before (note to self to be careful peeling it!) but I can never get enough of sweet potatoes. Great dish!

  21. Neil C. Phillips October 28, 2009 at 12:34 #

    Might I add, while we did not have the entire thumb (re Chickenless comment), the extra protein from Mardi's blood probably added an extra dimension to the dish…not to be repeated.

  22. tokyoterrace October 28, 2009 at 13:50 #

    This is so interesting! I love Shepherd's pie but haven't had it since I was a little girl. You've got me thinking about giving it a go!

  23. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 28, 2009 at 22:45 #

    Tangled Noodle – yes – be very careful. And try it – you'll love it!

    Neil – errr… no!

    tokyoterrace – it's so easy!!!

  24. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 28, 2009 at 22:46 #

    5 star – definitely adds a fun colour dimension!

  25. April Cavin October 29, 2009 at 00:52 #

    Love your ideas! I've only made shepherd's pie following an old school recipe– definitely want to try out some of twists you incorporated in yours1

  26. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 29, 2009 at 10:34 #

    April – you should!

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