My slow cooker shepherd’s pie is an easy meal which your whole family will love. Prepare it earlier in the day and then leave the slow cooker to work its magic, it is perfect for a family mealtime when you are short on time. You’ll love the rich lamb filling topped with soft and crispy mashed potatoes!
Traditionally made with leftover lamb from a Sunday roast, for this slow cooker shepherd’s pie you can either chop up some leftover roast lamb or use fresh lamb mince (ground lamb), depending on what you have available. I have tried both ways and they both work well.
This is the ultimate lazy dish as you put the mashed potato on top inside the slow cooker, and so don’t have to use any more pans to bake it in the oven! Ideal if the last thing you want is more washing up to do. It turned out very well, the lamb was very tender and the mash did not sink into the pie, and remained moist. Definitely one to make again. My kids really enjoyed my slow cooker shepherd’s pie and it was much less hassle for me. Win-win situation!
At the end you can simply brown the top of the shepherd’s pie under the grill. Make sure your slow cooker pot is safe to do this with first, the sear and stew slow cookers have metal pots and can be used this way. Mine was an old ceramic pot and I put it in a baking tray so that if it did crack I wouldn’t lose the contents all over the oven. Thankfully it was fine!
Slow cooker recipe for shepherd's pie, a real family favourite
- 500 g fresh lamb mince or leftover roast lamb if you have it
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 large carrots diced
- 100 ml chicken stock or beef/lamb if you have it
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 400 g tinned peas (or frozen/fresh peas whichever you have)
- Salt and pepper
- Enough potatoes to top your dish I used 3 large baking potatoes
- Splash of milk
- Knob of butter
Brown the onion. If using fresh mince, brown the lamb mince at the same time.
Add the onion and browned mince to the slow cooker with the carrots and peas.
Pour in the stock, Worcestershire sauce and tomato puree, and season.
Cook on low for 5 hrs or until the carrots are tender.
Half an hour before the end of the five hours, peel and chop the potatoes and simmer them for 20 mins approx until tender.
Mash the potatoes in the saucepan with the milk and butter.
Spoon the mash on top of the shepherd's pie filling in the slow cooker.
Cook for 1-2 hours more on low.
Brown the top of the shepherd's pie under the grill for approx 20 minutes.
Serve the shepherd's pie straight from the slow cooker pot.
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