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Cheddar Topped Shepherd's Pie

Classic cheddar topped shepherd's pie. Succulent minced lamb mixed with chopped vegetables and herbs. Topped with cheese potato. Yum!

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine English
Keyword lamb, shepherd's pie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 35 oz lean minced lamb Metric, 1 kg
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 leeks, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup butter Metric, 150 grams
  • ½ cup milk Metric, 100 ml
  • 1 lamb stock cube
  • 35 oz potatoes, Maris Piper or similar Metric, 1 kg
  • 1 tsp thyme, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Seasoning
  • 9 oz cheddar cheese Metric, 250 grams


  1. First, gather all of the ingredients together.

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  2. Finely chop the onion, carrot, leeks and thyme. Also, grate the cheese.

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  3. Peel the potatoes and place in a pan of seasoned water ready to boil.

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  4. Turn the oven in to 200C/180C Fan/400F

  5. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the butter. When hot add the onions and sweat off until soft.

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  6. Add the carrots and leeks.

    Cheddar topped shepherd's pie. Add the carrots and leeks
  7. Cook the carrots and leeks until soft.

    Cheddar topped shepherd's pie. Soften the carrots and leeks
  8. Add the minced lamb and season.

    Cheddar topped shepherd's pie. Add the minced lamb
  9. Brown the minced lamb and add the stock cube and herbs. Cook though for 5-10 minutes. Reduce the liquid or thicken with lamb or chicken stock granules.

    Cheddar topped shepherd's pie. Cook the minced lamb
  10. Transfer the lamb to baking dishes.

    Cheddar topped shepherd's pie. Spoon into the baking dish
  11. Boil the potatoes and transfer to a mixing bowl.

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  12. Smash the potatoes with a fork or potato masher.

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  13. Add the milk and remaining butter.

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  14. Mix to cream the potatoes.

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  15. Spoon the potatoes into the shepherd's pie.

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  16. Smooth the potato with a pallet knife.

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  17. Cover the top with grated cheese.

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  18. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese has crusted.

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  19. And there you have it. Cheddar crusted shepherd's pie. Enjoy on your own or as a family meal. Yum!

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