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Shepherd’s Pie, with its tender meat and vegetable base and its creamy mashed potato top, is an absolute British classic comfort food. With this Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie, you can set it going and return to the smell of a fabulous meal later in the day.
Another great comfort food recipe for you here. Shepherd’s Pie has been a staple in British cuisine since the late 19th century and continues to be loved to this day. Traditionally, shepherd’s pie uses lamb mince, but beef mince can be used just as well. This version is cooked for 4 hours in a slow cooker, meaning that the meat takes on all the flavours of the other ingredients as it bubbles away. It also creates the most amazing smell to greet you as you enter the kitchen.
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I think it’s fair to say that growing up, our family meals were very traditionally British and Shepherd’s Pie was always on the menu, probably every week. It is such an obvious combination of foods, but you can’t go to wrong with meat, vegetables and potato! Was Shepherd’s Pie part of your childhood meals? Is it still part of your menu now?
We love using the slow cooker because of its convenience – just put all the ingredients in, set it cooking and then forget about it for the day. It can however, be one of the things that needs extra attention when washing up. Those hours of food bubbling away can leave some stubborn stains on the slow cooker, resulting in the “overnight soak” being required. Nobody likes washing up, so anything to make the job easier is very welcome! And that is where Spontex Fizz Express comes in to help.
Fizz Express is the first ever solution that attacks and removes stubborn burnt on food and stains in just 5 minutes, so you no longer need to leave pots and pans soaking overnight! If the thought of cleaning up after cooking a dish like this puts you off cooking it, then worry no more! If you fancy that lasagne, casserole or this tasty Shepherd’s Pie, then with Spontex Fizz Express you don’t have to be concerned with washing up afterwards, as this does the hard work for you.
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Now we have discovered Fizz Express and washing up is no longer an issue, there will be plenty more slow cooker and casserole dishes coming up over the winter months.
Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie recipe:
Slow Cooker Shepherd's Pie
- 500 g Lean Lamb Mince
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 400 g Chopped tomatoes
- 1 Large carrot, diced
- 1 Large onion, diced
- 1 Celery stick, chopped
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
- 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tbsp Gravy Granules
- 3 Medium potatoes
- 60 ml Skimmed milk
- 1 tbsp Butter (optional)
- Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion, carrot, celery and pepper until soft. Add the mince and cook until browned well.
- Pour the mince mixture into your slow cooker and add the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and gravy granules. Cook on high for 4 hours.
- About 30 minutes before the 4 hours is up, cut the potatoes into chunks and boil until soft. Add the milk and butter (if using) and mash until smooth.
- Remove the slow cooker lid and spoon off any liquid that has pooled on top of the mince. Reserve this and add it to gravy, if making.
- Spoon the mashed potato evenly over the top of the mince and smooth.
- Replace the slow cooker lid and cook for the final 30 minutes.
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**This Slow Cooker Shepherd’s Pie recipe was commissioned by Spontex however, all opinions are my own**