Sent in by Les Deux Chats winemaker, Chris Connolly: Gordon Ramsay’s Shepherd’s Pie

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Gordon Ramsay’s Shepherd Pie

http://gordonramsaysrecipes.com/03/shepherd-pie/

This dish is so delicious that you can mess it up and it will stillleave you feeling as if you’re in heaven! As always, use fresh herbsand vegetables. When using the freshest ingredients, it’s hard to makea meal that doesn’t taste good.

I prepared this dish for my family tonight and totally bungled it,yet everyone still left happy! I was attempting to cook on a deadline,while allowing my eight year old son to help, and hold conversationswith my fiance. I was also attempting to use an ingredients list fromanother food site which was lacking many of the main ingredients.Tonight has made it even more clear to me that the web needs this site,as so many others get the ingredients and recipe wrong! So on to themeat and potatoes (literally).

This is a recipe that I firmly believe should be left to the tasteof the cook. Please use your own judgement on the amount of eachingredient unless specified.

Ingredients:

The Filling:

  • Olive Oil (2 Tbsp)
  • Ground Lamb or Beef (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 1 Large Carrot (grated)
  • 1 Large Onion (grated)
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Minced Garlic (I used 4 cloves)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Worcestershire Sauce (several splashes)
  • Tomato Puree or Paste (no more than a small can)
  • Red Wine (several glugs)
  • Chicken Stock (not sure, but it looks like about 1/4 cup)

The Mash:

  • Golden Potatoes (about 1.5 lbs)
  • Heavy Cream ( 1/4 cup)
  • Butter (3 1/2 Tbsp)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Egg Yolks (2)
  • Parmesan Cheese (1/4 cup, minimum)

Prep Work:

  • Dice the garlic
  • Separate your herbs from the stems
  • Separate your Egg Yolks
  • Peel and Slice your potatoes into even pieces
  • Open your wine if it’s not already
  • Open your can of Tomato Paste

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