Luxury Shepherd’s Pie for families

  • serves 4
  • Easy

What's better than Shepherd's Pie for a cosy family supper? This is Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines' gourmet twist on the classic comfort food

Luxury Shepherd's Pie for families


  • lamb mince 300g
  • lamb stock (or a good chicken stock) 500ml
  • carrot 50g, diced small
  • celery 50g (2oz), diced small
  • Celeriac 50g (2oz), diced small
  • onion 50g (2oz)
  • garlic 2 cloves, minced
  • rosemary 15g, chopped
  • thyme 10g, chopped
  • tomato pure 10g
  • chopped tomatoes 50g
  • bay leaf 1
  • ground cumin 1g
  • cinnamon leaf ½
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and white pepper

potato puree

  • Binjte Potatoes 500g, peeled washed and cut into a medium dice
  • butter 100g
  • milk 100ml


  • Step 1

    Seal the minced lamb in a hot pan with a tablespoon of olive oil, and cook until browned. Then place in a colander and leave to drain. In the same pan, add a dash more olive oil and cook all of the diced vegetables, minced garlic, chopped herbs and ground cumin until soft. Then add the tomato puree and chopped tomatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes. Now add your lamb or chicken stock to the vegetable mix. Finally, add the minced lamb to the vegetable/stock, season to taste, and leave to simmer for approx 1 hour.

  • Step 2

    While the lamb/vegetable mix is cooking, it’s time to prepare the mash. Peel and chop the potatoes into 4 pieces, and place in a pan of salted water. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 20 minutes.

    Michael’s Tip: once completely cooked strain off through a colander and allow to air-dry for 3 minutes. Then pass through a potato ricer or fine sieve.

  • Step 3

    Heat the butter and milk and whisk into the potato to make a puree. Then place the mixture into a piping bag.

  • Step 4

    The finishing touch – put your shepherd’s pie mix into your oven dish and then pipe the mash mixture to cover the dish. Michael’s Tip: Put your fillings in moulds and chill before finishing with your potato topping so the heat of the pie mix doesn’t split the mash potato.

  • Step 5

    Finish by baking in the oven at 180 degrees