Mini Shepherds Pies with Lamb Chops

Marin Blunos takes the ultimate in comfort foods and dresses it up with succulent lamb chops and buttery curly kale...
By Martin Blunos
Mini Shepherds Pies with Lamb Chops
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  • Serves: 3
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

For shepherds pie

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 600 g minced lamb
  • 1 large onion, peeled, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 x 400 g tin canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 500 ml chicken or vegetable stock, or water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and black pepper

For the lamb chops

  • 1 x 3 bone middle neck and best end of lamb, trimmed
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • salt and black pepper

To serve

  • 9 shortcrust pastry tart cases, 4cm diameter, baked
  • 1/2 kg potatoes, cooked and mashed with hot milk and butter
  • curly kale, blanched and tossed in butter

Method

1. Heat the olive oil a large saucepan set over a medium heat. Add the minced lamb and cook for about 10 minutes, until softened and just beginning to colour.

2. Add the onions and garlic, and briskly cook for a further 8-10 minutes, until the meat browns.

3. Tip everything into a colander to drain off any excess fat. Return the meat mixture to the pan and add the flour. Stir well, and tip in the tomatoes, the ketchup and stock.

4. Add the bay leaves, bring to boil, and then reduce the heat. Simmer for about 45 minutes, until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.

5. While the mince is cooking, roast the best end of lamb. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Season the meat with salt and pepper and place, fat side down, in a hot roasting tin. Sear the meat, on a moderate to high heat, on the stove. Cook until coloured on all sides.

6. Tuck a sprig of rosemary under the joint and continue cooking in the oven for about 10 minutes - the meat should still be slightly pink in the centre. Remove from the oven and leave on one side to rest, loosely covered with foil.

7. Fill the tarts with the mince and pipe a rosette of creamy mashed potatoes on top. Carve the roast lamb into 3 chops and accompany with the tartlets. Serve with blanched and buttered curly kale and extra lamb mince on the side.

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