Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sheperd Pie





There are many variation of sheperd pie here are my 2 variation. I did it in a rush so I'll just write down the ingredients for now, will update with link to the recipe with measurement.

  • Salt
  • Onion- if using red onion, use less, if using holland onion use more
  • Garlic
  • Bayleaf
  • Italian herbs mix- basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme,parsley & sage
  • Crushed black pepper
  • Chicken meat- mix dark & white meat to avoid dryness
  • Potato
  • Butter
  • Cheese of your choice( my favs: mild-mosarella, rich, creamy but mild- cheddar, quite strong- parmesan)
  • Mixed vege
  • Corn starch

Pre-preparation:
  • Chop onion
  • crush garlic
  • peel and cut potato to big bite size
  • Mix corn starch into water


1st Phase
  1. Boil water with salt,onion, crushed black pepper,garlic, bayleaf & italian herbs.
  2. Once reach to boil, put in chicken meat, boil until cooked inside out.(Not too cook as it will be re-cooked along with sauce and later baked)
  3. Take chicken out and put aside to cool off a bit.
  4. place in potato.
2nd Phase
  1. In the mean time shred the chicken meats to small pieces but still chunky.
  2. Once the potato are soft take it out.( Make sure it doesnt get too overcook as it will become too mushy, unless you like that way)
  3. Mash the potato together the butter and cheese. May add milk if want to.

3rd phase
  1. Put in shredded chicken into the stock (water used to boil  chicken & potato)
  2. Adjust water quantity to chicken.
  3. Add mix vege and herbs & spices according to taste.
  4. When you are happy with the taste, add corn starch mixture until it gets thick (Gravy like )

OR
  1. Pour canned mushroom soup into a new pot
  2. Add the remaining stock to to reach preffered texture
  3. Get it to boil. Add shredded chicken, mix vege and herbs & spices according to taste.
  4. This does NOT NEED CORN STARCH


4th phase
  1. Pour the 'chunky chicken gravy'/ filling into a presentable pyrex(will be served in the baking pyrex, can't be taken out)
  2. Take mashed potato and used to cover the filling's surface, put and spread it. Alt: I used 2 spoons to shape it and place it all over the pie's filling.
  3. Sprinkle permesan on the mashed potato.


Last phase

  1. Pre heat oven and bake it to 180'celcius, 10-20 mins untill the mashed potato tips, gets browned and the whole surface looks dry and cooked. Time will depend on quantity/size of pie.


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