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sheperds-pieCottage pie is comfort food personified and this recipe uses chunks of lamb as opposed to mince which makes it more like a great chunky lamb stew with a baked mash crust. It’s really tasty and a complete meal. (6 people easily)

What you need

2kg lamb leg meat cut into smallish chucnks
4 sticks celery roughly chopped
4 carrots roughly chopped
1 onion chopped
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
40g flour
3 cups beef stock
100g tomato paste (2 sachets)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
4 large potatoes chopped into cubes
1/3 cup milk
Parmesan cheese for topping
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

The process

Heat your oven to 180 Celsius.

Heat a little oil in a hot pan and seal the lamb chunks in small batches to brown the outside of each piece. Remove and set aside. You want the pan hot and the meat to brown quickly but not cook through. Don’t be tempted to add too much at a time, it will cool down the pan and the meat will stew.

Wipe the pan clean and heat a little more oil on medium, add the garlic, carrots, celery chunks and onions and cook until the onions are traslucent and beginning to soften nicely.

Now add the flour and cook for about a minute, stirring constantly.

Add back the lamb with all of the juices, the stock and tomato paste. stir it, increase the heat and bring it to the boil. Toss in the bay leaves and worcestershire sauce and simmer for about a minute. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Pour the entire contents into a baking dish, cover and bake for 1 hour.

Make your mash while the meat is in the oven and when ready, remove from the oven and a spoon over the mash, covering the top with about 5cm layer of mash. Then add the parmesan over the top and bake for 20 to 30 minutes uncovered until the mash has a golden brown crust.

Need another great winter recipe, try this Lamb casserole