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January 6, 2009, 11:58pm Report to Moderator
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Serves 4-6

For the filling:
1.5kg extra lean minced beef
2 medium onions, finely sliced
2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tbsp tomato purée
salt and freshly ground black pepper
230g mushrooms, chopped
2 tbsp butter

For the topping:
900g trimmed cauliflower
60 ml soured cream
230g grated cheddar cheese
2 tbsp butter
1 egg
8 rashers of bacon, cooked & crumbled

1 PreheaT oven to 180C/gas 4
Put the beef into a large pan and cook over high heat until it stops looking red and raw (Dry fry). Add the onions, celery, thyme, tomato purée, salt and pepper.

2. Cover the pan, turn the heat right down and cook for 30 mins, stirring from time to time. Add some water if it looks too dry.

3. Fry the mushrooms in the butter and add to the beef. Cook for 15 minutes more.

4. Meanwhile make the topping - steam the cauliflower until almost mushy, about 15 mins. Blend in a food processor, adding the soured cream, cheese and butter. Add the egg and whizz again. Mix in the bacon.

5. Assemble the shepherd's pie and bake in the oven for 45-50 mins
January 7, 2009, 11:07am Report to Moderator
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Crumbled bacon?  I assume you used streaky then?
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January 7, 2009, 8:54pm Report to Moderator
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Sure did Nige very well grilled
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December 2, 2009, 7:35pm Report to Moderator
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i cant say i am sorry for resurrecting this thread.

i have made this twice now and it has been superb both times! slight variation on the same theme, i used lamb mince instead of beef. still a very nice end product. i am really glad you came up with it!

i must confess tho. i conned minimoby into eating it. despite my best efforts at tantalising his taste buds, as soon as he hears anything is diabetic food he instantly dislikes it before even tasting it. So, tonight he thinks he has just eaten 'proper' shepherds pie. minimobyess knows the truth and is under strict instructions not to tell him. He even ate it after i told him it had a real shepherd in it! must have been the cottages in the last one that put him off eh?

anyway, one three quick questions. what is the cauli mash recipe like for freezing? has anyone tried it? and are there any trade secrets on doing it?
i wasnt going to bother testing on it but i did have tinned peas and sweetcorn with it so better check.

thanks in advance
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December 2, 2009, 7:41pm Report to Moderator
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I have frozen Cauli mash  and it was fine, on it's own though not as the topping on a pie with crumbled bacon so I dunno if that would make a difference?

Minimoby's reactions did produce a grin from me!
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December 2, 2009, 7:43pm Report to Moderator
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watch out for sweetcorn!
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