Tuesday 19 November 2019

The Perfect Meal For Winter - Shepherd's Pie With Schwartz*

Now, I know we're not quite there with Winter yet but god, it feels like we are! It is absolutely freezing! I'm not actually complaining though, I've always said I'm more of an Autumn/Winter gal so give me cold and rain over sun and warmth any day! Maybe not everyone's cup of tea but this time of year is when I feel at my happiest. With cold weather, comes those warm comforting meals too, and let's be honest, the food is definitely one of the best things about Winter. I've shared many recipes over the years that I like to turn to on chilly days - warming slow cooker chilli and chicken pie just to name a few and today I wanted to share a new Shepherd's Pie recipe.
shepherd's pie in dish next to bowl of veg on chopping board
Shepherd's Pie is one of those meals I can make over and over and just never get bored. It's a bit of a staple for us now, you just can't beat the thick gravy, the soft mash and the crispy cheese on top, and recently I've been making it with a Schwartz recipe mix. I'm a big fan of Schwartz and have used their products for as long as I can remember so I was thrilled when they asked if I would like to give their Shepherd's Pie a go, and of course I said yes. I find recipe mixes like this make cooking so much easier - it's clear exactly what ingredients you need, you also get cooking instructions included and they always pack the meals full of flavour. So let's get onto the recipe!
schwartz shepherds pie recipe mix
Ingredients: for 4 people
1 sachet of Schwartz Shepherd's Pie Recipe Mix
450g lean lamb mince (you could use beef if you prefer)
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
200ml cold water
100g peas
675g mashed potato
Grated cheese

1. Pre-heat your oven 200 degrees (180 fan)
2. Peel and chop your potatoes for the mash, I used Maris Pipers as I find they give the fluffiest mash and don't take too long to boil. Rinse under the tap then add to a pan of water, boil and then set aside once soft
3. Brown your mince in a pan along with the onion and carrot. While these are cooking, mix your sachet contents with 200ml of cold water
4. Add your mix to the mince once cooked and stir well. Add in your frozen peas and leave to simmer for 5-10 minutes so the sauce can thicken
5. When the sauce has started to thicken a little, pour your mix into an ovenproof dish. You can now make your mashed potato (I always add butter, milk and salt whilst mashing) and then top the mince mixture
6. I then use a fork just to neaten the mashed potato and then I add grated cheese. How much is really up to you!
7. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes then serve with vegetables!
mince, onion and carrot in pan
closeup of shepherds pie on plate with veg
Both George and I devoured this shepherd's pie and I can't wait to make it again on a cold Winter's day. The recipe mix added so much flavour, it was full of herbs and spices and I could really tell the difference compared to how I've made it in the past. We had ours with vegetables on the side and Yorkshire pudding because everything is better with a Yorkshire pud or two, and it was incredibly filling. I'll definitely be picking up this particular recipe mix again in the future and if you want to aswell, you can find it in Tesco!

I'd love to know if you use the Schwartz recipe mixes too? if so which one is your favourite?

*This post is in collaboration with Schwartz but all views are my own

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Nic said...

Lovely looking dish, also looks very tasty :)

Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

jennyinneverland said...

It looks lovely (and also you're a great cook!) but shepherds pie is one of like, the ONLY meals I don't like! But I do like these easy recipe mixes! x


Lady Writes said...

I swear by those sachets as they make family feeding so much easier x

Sophie said...

Those little sachets are great, especially if you're short on space and don't really have the room for a full spice rack or cupboard x


Daisy said...

I might have to find a way to incorporate this satchet with some quorn mince! I'm sure it would work and this just looks super tasty!!

Heather Nixon said...

I love making a vegan version of this x

Tiffany Timms said...

It was so tasty, can't wait to make it again x

Tiffany Timms said...

Haha it's not for everyone, I much prefer cooking with chicken now actually and only tend to turn to mince for a few meals. Love the range of these mixes though so everyone can try something! x

Tiffany Timms said...

They're so useful! Love how easy they make cooking x

Tiffany Timms said...

Very true! Our cupboards aren't massive so things like this are much easier to store xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Ooh it definitely would! I'd be tempted to use quorn instead next time xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Ooh yummy xx

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