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January 2013

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shepherd's pie recipe

I'm damn proud of this one.  Tons of compliments from friends and strangers alike.  It takes a dedicated 3 hours, but it totally worth it.

All measurements and times are approximate!

1 lb ground lamb
1 onion
1 head garlic
2.5 lbs russet potatoes
frozen petite peas (1/2 a small bag?)
small amounts of the following to taste:
grated parmesan
fresh rosemary (or sage)
fresh thyme
salt, pepper
olive oil

Wash the potatoes and put them in the oven on a baking sheet, skin on @ 350.
Next, cut up and caramelize the onion in a large skillet.
Once the onion is caramelized, put the lamb in the skillet with the onion to brown. Sprinkle liberally with salt, pepper, cumin, and thyme. Cook until most of the water has evaporated. There will still be a good amount of liquid (fat).
While the meat is browning, disassemble the garlic into 2-3 clove chunks (I found this aids in even heating) in a couple layers of aluminum foil with a sprig of rosemary and a couple tbsps of olive oil, and place in the oven with the potatoes. Flip the potatoes while you're in there.
Place peas in sm saucepan with a bit of milk, olive oil and a tbsp or so of parmesan. Low heat, just stir it every few minutes or so.
Oven time for the potatoes should be about 1.5 hours, and garlic 45 min-hour. Meat and cheese may be done before the potatoes. Let them rest and cool off a bit until taters are done.
When potatoes and garlic are done, let them cool for 15-20 minutes so you don't burn your hands. You may as well leave the oven on. Cut potatoes (with skin!) in smallish chunks in a large bowl, then break open garlic cloves and put in bowl with potatoes. Add a very small amount of milk, some chopped rosemary, and the oil from the garlic packet. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. (Don't worry about them being dry. I promise the lamb fat will juice them up nicely!) Mash until you're done (I like it chunky).
Layer meat, peas, potatoes in an oven safe casserole dish.
Bake for about an hour-1.5 hours or until potatoes have a nice browning on top.
Enjoy! :-D