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Gordon's Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Gordon submits this entry as he goes head-to-head with David Blunkett in a shepherd's pie challenge

Serves 6


  • 80ml olive oil
  • 2 large onions, grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 3 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 kg minced lamb
  • 100g mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 100ml red wine
  • Large dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp thyme, chopped
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, leaves stripped and finely chopped

For the mashed potato topping

  • 1.2 kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled
  • 150g butter
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


1.Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6.

2.Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and fry the onions, garlic and carrots until golden. Season then add the rosemary, cook for approx 5 minutes. In a separate pan cook the minced meat until browned, add the thyme leaves, stirring constantly to break up the meat and ensure it cooks evenly. When the mince is browned, remove from the pan and place on a lined plate to remove excess fat, add the mushrooms to this pan and sauté for approx 5 minutes or until lightly golden.

3.Add the tomato puree and the cooked mince to the carrots and onions pour over the red wine and reduce by approx half. Season with a little salt and pepper then add the stock and a good dash of Worcestershire sauce. Gently simmer for 20 minutes or so, until the meat is cooked and the mixture has thickened. Spoon the mixture into an ovenproof serving dish.

4.Boil the potatoes and cook for about 20 minutes until softened. Drain and cover with a lid to steam 'dry' and reduce any excess moisture. Add the butter and egg yolks and mash thoroughly, grate half the parmesan into the potato and mix well. Don't allow the potato to become too wet or they won't crisp up nicely in the oven. Season.

5.Spoon the potato mixture over the meat, sprinkle with the remaining parmesan and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.

6.Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden.

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A selection of healthy recipes from the F Word are available in Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite, published by Quadrille

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