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Monday 18 December 2017

Spiced Shepherd’s Pie - with a squash and sweet potato mash

This dish really provides colour on your table ... perfect for Autumn or Winter Days ... although for many it can be enjoyed anytime of the year! The spices add warmth and earthy flavour to a humble shepherd's pie especially using the Middle Eastern spice Baharat. Then top with delicious sweet potato and butternut squash.

Serves Six
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
4 sprigs fresh thyme, plus extra to garnish
500g lamb mince
2 tsp Baharat spice
1 tbsp. tomato puree
400ml lamb stock, made with 1 stock cube
1 large courgette, trimmed, halved lengthways and sliced
2 x 300g packs pre-prepared butternut squash and sweet potato (or equivalent bought loose)

1. Heat the oil in the frying pan and add the onion, garlic, carrots and picked thyme leaves. Cook over a medium heat for 6-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften. Add the mince to the pan, increase the heat and fry for 10 minutes, stirring all the time, until no longer pink. Stir in the baharat spice and tomato puree and cook, stirring for a further 1 minute.
2. Stir in the stock and bring to the boil. Season to taste. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the courgette after 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, boil the butternut squash and sweet potato according to pack instructions. Drain well, then mash until smooth. Season to taste.
4. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Spoon the lamb mixture into a 2-litre ovenproof dish. Spoon the mash over the top to cover completely. Season with freshly ground black pepper and garnish with the extra thyme leaves. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden and bubbling.

Each Serving:
16.4g carbohydrate 3.0g fibre 20.8g protein 18.8g fat

From an original idea here

For our vegetarian and vegan readers, I'm sure you could substitute some of the above ingredients to suit ...

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All the best Jan


JFM said...

Looks so festive and tasty. I do love sweet potatoes and squash so this one is on my list "to try!"!🎄

Tom said...

...Shepherd’s Pie has never been on my menu.

Christine said...

Looks delicious and a good alternative to potatoes.

Elephant's Child said...

Sweet potato and butternut pumpkin go soooo well together.

Margaret D said...

Looks lovely.

Valerie-Jael said...

Love the sound of this, Made one last week with parsnip and potato mash, it was good, too. Hugs, Valerie

eileeninmd said...

Hello, this dish does look delicious. I love sweet potatoes. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

Ygraine said...

I have never tried sweet potatoes before, so here is the perfect opportunity!
Thank you so much for this!
Have a great week! :))

Mary Kirkland said...

That's an interesting idea.

Barbara said...

Hello Jan, that looks so good! I've never tried sweet potato mash on Shepherd's pie, but it would certainly make a nice change.
Wishing you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year.
Barbara x

Lee said...

I've not had or made shepherd's pie in a long time. I love them. They were often on the menu when I was a kid, too.

I might just have to make this looks and sounds delicious. :)

Snowbird said...

Oh, this looks lovely, I could make it with vegan mince. xxx

Kezzie said...

Ooh, that does look good!

Magic Love Crow said...

Looks so good Jan! Big Hugs!