Shepherdess Pie

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Serves: 6

By OtterInaSkoda

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  • 1 medium onion

  • 1/2 pints vegetable stock (or chicken)

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional but recommended, to taste)

  • 1 handful cheese grated

  • 1 stick celery (optional)

  • 115g pearl barley

  • 170g red lentils

  • 2 medium carrots

  • 2 cloves garlic optional

  • 8 large potatoes cooked and mashed

  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes

  • 1 tsp Marmite

  • 1 handful mushrooms (optional)

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée (really quite optional)


<ol> <li>Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6.</li> <li>Blitz the onion and carrots (and garlic and celery, if using) in your whizzer. Or finely chop by hand if you are so inclined.</li> <li>Heat a little oil in a frying pan (or Le Creuset-style casserole) and add the vegetables and tomato purée and stir for a moment or two. Add the mushrooms (if using) and fry a further minute or two, stirring often (you don’t want this to burn). You may need to add a touch more oil if the mushrooms absorb it all.</li> <li>Add the lentils and pearl barley to the pan and give a good stir. Add the stock, Marmite, cayenne and tinned tomatoes.</li> <li>Bring to the boil and then simmer until the lentils are softened – perhaps 20 minutes but use your judgement.</li> <li>You may well need to add a little water or stock if the mixture seems a bit dry.</li> <li>Check the seasoning – you might like to add more cayenne (I think it can handle a fair bit of spice) and certainly some black pepper, possibly some salt.</li> <li>Pour into a large pie dish (I usually make this in a Le Creuset-style casserole dish, so do all the frying, cooking and baking in the same dish) and top with the mash.</li> <li>Dot the top with butter perhaps and sprinkle with cheese.</li> <li>Stick in the oven for about 30 minutes (this timing is very flexible) until nicely browned. Serve with a lovely green salad.</li> </ol>

Handy Hint

<p>You could give this to babies if you cut out the salt (ie used no salt stock) but I'm not sure how nice that would be. <br />Depending obviously on ages, children could help cutting the mushrooms and mashing the potatoes.</p>

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Nut Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Potato

  • Kids can help

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  • JohnnyBarthes 22/06/14 18:57

    I appear to have missed out the rather important chop, boil and mash your potatoes, which probably ought to be at point 6 [blush]

  • OtterInaSkoda 08/01/10 15:00

    I once added some diced pancetta that needed using up. It was lovely - but clearly no longer vegetarian!