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.
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)
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.
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