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Homemade Shepherd's Pie Recipe | My Harry Potter Kitchen II (Recipe 31)

Hello fellow Witches & Wizards!

Welcome to another entry from My Harry Potter Kitchen - the YouTube food series where I'm reading through the Harry Potter books, creating Harry Potter themed recipes for every item of food and drink we find! Last week we created our own Harry Potter Jelly Slugs with Edible Slime Recipe.

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This week we're serving up a British classic dinner dish with a Harry Potter twist!

Our next recipe can also be found in Chapter Seven - 'Mudblood and Murmurs'

"Harry didn't fancy his shepherd's pie as much as he'd thought"

Looks like comfort food is back on the menu for lunch at Hogwarts!

Harry and Ron aren't looking forward to their punishments for the Whomping Willow incident later but at least they have some heart-warming comfort food to tuck into first!

Shepherd's Pie, not to be confused with Cottage Pie, is a British classic dish made from a lamb ragu base, topped with a light and fluffy mashed potato. This traditional shepherd's pie recipe is super easy to make and will take you through how to cook your lamb perfectly so it melts in the mouth as well as cooking mash potato two ways for our Harry Potter lightning bolt decoration!

If you've been looking for an easy Homemade Shepherd's recipe follow this simple step-by-step recipe to create your own traditional British dinner!

Harry Potter Shepherd's Pie Ingredients

(serves 4)

For the Lamb Ragu Shepherd's Pie base recipe

  • 1 red onion

  • 2 small carrots

  • 1 stick celery

  • 1 tbsp oil

  • 2-3 garlic cloves

  • 400g diced lamb

  • salt and pepper

  • 100ml red wine

  • 450g tomato passata

  • 1 tbsp tomato puree

  • 1 lamb (or beef) stock cube

  • 1 tsp mixed herbs

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • a few dashes Worchestershire sauce

For the mashed potato recipe

  • 4 medium-large white potatoes

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes

  • 50-100g mature cheddar

  • 50g butter

  • 50ml milk

  • salt and pepper

  • parsley to garnish

Homemade Shepherd's Pie Method:

  1. To make your lamb ragu base you want to begin by chopping up your onion, celery and carrots finely (Wizard Tip! This is known as a mirepoix and is the base of a lot of classic sauces and soups!). Add your oil into a pan on a medium heat before stirring in your vegetables. Keep moving them around for 3-5 minutes until they have started to go translucent.

  2. Peel and crush your garlic before adding to the pan and cooking for another minute. Remove the vegetables and place in a bowl to one side.

  3. Sear the lamb by adding into the pan, seasoning with salt and pepper and then turning after about 20-30 seconds on each side giving it a chance to go brown but not cook through. Remove the lamb from the pan and set aside too.

  4. Deglaze the pan using the red wine and let it bubble for about 30 seconds (Wizard Tip! This helps get the caramelisation off the bottom of the pan for maximum flavour and will also burn off the alcohol so is fine for children to eat).

  5. Pour your tomato passata and puree into the pan along with the vegetables, lamb and your seasonings; salt, pepper, mixed herbs, nutmeg, cinnamon, stock cube and Worchester sauce. Place a lid on top, turn the heat down to the lowest settings and leave to simmer for 1-2 hours. (Wizard Tip! This will tenderise the lamb so it melts in the mouth)

  6. While the lamb is bubbling away you can prepare the mashed potatoes by peeling and washing your potatoes. (Wizard Tip! Leave them in cold water once peeled to prevent them from going brown).

  7. Boil the white and sweet potatoes in separate pots of boiling water, seasoned with salt, for 10-15 minutes. (Wizard Tip! You'll know they're ready when you can easily pierce them with a fork).

  8. Once ready strain off the water using a colander and mash in a bowl using a masher, ricer or fork. Flavour your white potatoes with salt, pepper, butter, milk and cheese, mixing through until everything has melted and combined. Then flavour the sweet potatoes with salt, pepper and butter.

  9. For our decoration, I'm going to place the mashed potatoes into two piping bags with a star tip.

  10. 30 minutes before the lamb is ready, remove the lid to help the liquid evaporate and give you a thicker, richer sauce. Once ready, pour into the bottom of your roasting dish and level off with a spatula.

  11. Pipe the mashed potato on top of the base, starting with the lightning bolt out of sweet potato and then going around the outside with the white potato mash. For a thicker layer of mash, you can then go over the top again with each.

  12. Once you're happy with the design, bake the shepherd's pie in the oven at 180c (350F) for 25-30 minutes until the potatoes have just started to go golden brown. Sprinkle some parsley over the top just before serving

And with that our Harry Potter Shepherd's Pie is complete and your dining room will be filled with the most wonderful smell so there's no need to shout "Dinner's Ready!" Everyone will know. I'd love to see your pictures! Be sure to caption them on Instagram using the hashtag #MyHarryPotterKitchen and follow @BradBakes - don't forget to tag me too!

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