Friday 17th March is St Patrick's day. Whether you are Irish or not you simply cannot get away from it. So for this weeks recipe with Aldi I thought that I would bring you a taste of Ireland. Today's recipe uses an iconic ingredient from Ireland, Guinness.
Shepherd's pie is such a classic, comforting meal and one that can be easily adapted to give it added twists. This meal was a huge success with the family and with the added vegetables in the a colcannon for the topping I knew they were getting even more goodness in their meal. Colcannon is an Irish mashed potato that is full of extra vegetables.
So this St Patrick's day why not try my Guinness Shepherd's Pie!
This is what I did...
500g lamb mince
1 leek, sliced
250g chantenay carrots, halved and quartered
150g swede, chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
300mls lamb stock
800g potatoes, chopped
4 cabbage leaves, I use Sweetheart cabbage but you can use any that you like, shredded
1 leek, quartered and sliced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
25g salted butter
Splash of milk
Salt and pepper
1 - Place the lamb mince in a large pan and brown over a medium to high heat for 2 minutes
2 - Add the leeks and garlic and continue to cook for 5 minutes
3 - Add the carrots and swede and cook for a further 5 minutes
4 - Pour over the Guinness and lamb stock, bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes
5 - While the sauce is simmering place the chopped potatoes in a pan of lightly salted boiling water
6 - Simmer the potatoes for 20 minutes or until soft
7 - While the potatoes are cooking heat a frying pan over a medium to high heat and spray over a covering of oil
8 - Place the shredded cabbage, leeks and garlic in the frying pan and stir fry for a couple of minutes or until the cabbage has softened
9 - Once the potatoes are soft, drain and return to the pan to mash
10 - Mash the potatoes until smooth and stir in the butter
11 - Stir in the cabbage, leeks and garlic and mix thoroughly
12 - Spoon the lamb sauce into an oven proof casserole dish and top with the colcannon
13 - Grate over your favourite cheese and place under a hot grill to melt the cheese before serving
This meal was a huge success and one that we will be enjoying all year round. The Guinness adds a lovely depth of flavour that transforms this everyday meal into something extra special. Thanks to Aldi you can make this delicious meal and keep the costs down.
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Disclosure: This is a collaborative post