Minted Minced Lamb With Soft Cheese Mash And Purple Sprouting Broccoli

..or to put another way, Shepherdless Pie really.  I cook the mince and mash, but for speed, I don’t bother to put it together and oven bake it.  I made it to serve my 3 children but if you want more, just double up on the mince, veg and potatoes.  It takes about 10 mins to prepare and 45 mins to cook, depending on meat.  Don’t forget the mint sauce as this is what sets this apart from regular SP and really gives it that unique flavour.

Tip: Stealing a tip I once heard from Anthony W.T, put the hob cooked mince into the oven and cook on a low to medium heat for at least 25 mins.  Mince is from a cheap cut of meat so it needs longer to tenderise.  I used butter in my mash but I don’t see why you couldn’t substitute for another spread.  Make sure you warm the milk for the mash first.

Ingredients

250g Lean Lamb Mince (I used Supermarket brand, but if you can afford it, go to the Butcher and get the proper stuff).

1lb of Potatoes

2 Carrots, washed and peeled.

3oz of Butternut Squash, peeled (or the same amount as the carrot once cubed)

3 Baby leeks, washed.

3 Tbsp Soft Cream Cheese

2 Tbsp Worcester Sauce

1 Tbsp of Soy Sauce

2 Tbsp Gravy Granules

1 Tbsp Concentrated Tomato Puree (or double up on regular)

3 tsp of Garden Mint Sauce (I used Tesco’s)

Milk & Butter for the Mash

Salt & Pepper to taste

Method

Dice the carrot & squash.  Finely chop the leeks 

Heat oil in an ovenproof frying pan, throw in the mince to brown on a medium heat along with the carrot, squash and leeks.

Meanwhile peel the potatoes and put in a pan of cold water.  Bring to boil and simmer for 10 mins.  Pre-heat your oven on a low setting, around 120 or gas 3-4. ( I think ?)

Once mince is browned off, mix in the water and when it’s hot enough, add gravy granules, puree, soy and Worcester. Reduce the heat and continue to cook for another 10 mins.  Add more water if necessary.

Remove from hob and put in the oven for around 30 mins but don’t let it dry out.

Meanwhile steam some Purple Sprouting Brocolli (And I’m very proud of my one and only homegrown vegetable!)

Strain the potatoes and mash with the milk, butter and cream cheese adding salt and pepper to taste.

Remove the mince from the oven and serve with the delicious mash and tender broccoli.

Enjoy !

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