The pressure was on! It was 11am and I had precisely 1 hour to make this Shepherd’s Pie and trust me, not a minute more. Our precocious toddler eats at noon and by golly not a minute later! (Unless of course you want a lunch full of tears and tantrums!) The thought of Shepherd’s Pie might bring you back to plastic gloved lunch ladies and your old elementary school cafeteria. But this recipe is world’s away from that boring blob of mashed potatoes and ground beef!
We start by frying up some onions, carrots and parsley:
Add the ground beef:
Add the ground chicken:
Transform your potatoes into lovely decadent mashed potatoes. Add salted butter and please feel free to use whole milk. (With all of my healthy recipes lately, did you forget we are following the Full Fat Diet ! ?
Lay in the meat evenly in a Pryex pan and sprinkle corn nibbles over the top:
Cover with mashed potatoes and Parmesan cheese:
Bake at 200C or 375 F for about 40 minutes until the top is a nice golden brown and makes a nice ‘tap’ when you flick it with your finger.
Serve accompanied with a spring salad and a sprig of parsley and there you have it. A perfectly balanced fun family meal.
Little one said “mmm mmm!” and we managed to make it through lunch with no tears (well, almost)!
PS- why “façon Hachis Parmentier” you may be wondering? Because traditional Shepherd’s Pie is made only with ground beef. This one has ground beef and ground chicken. The mix of meats is popular in the traditional French version which is called “Hachis Parmentier” in which you can also find lamb or duck… but we’ll stick my ground beef and chicken version for now 🙂