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Tasty Ways With Shepherd's Pie With Chef Kaviraj Khialani

Learn how to make various recipes with tasty shepherd's pie with our Chef Kaviraj Khialani!
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  • Editorial, 10 Mar 2022, 11:09 IST
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Shepherd's pie, common and inexpensive British dish originating from the sheep country in Scotland and northern England. It is a baked meat pie made with minced or diced lamb and topped with a thick layer of mashed potatoes. This cottage pie was the precursor to shepherd's pie, which was coined in the middle of the 19th century. However, as time went on, a distinction was made: shepherd's pie referred to a dish made with lamb (because sheep are tended to by shepherds!), and cottage pie referred to a dish made with beef. 

The dish has many variants, but the defining ingredients are red meat and onions in gravy or sauce, with a topping of mashed potato. Sometimes other vegetables are added to the filling, such as peas, sweetcorn, celery or carrots. It is sometimes also gratinate with grated cheese. Irish Shepherd's Pie is a delicious comforting dish perfect for celebrating upcoming St Patrick's Day. Ground meat is cooked with lots of vegetables and topped with delicious mashed potatoes and cheese and then baked to create a perfect golden crust, while shepherd's pie uses lamb, Cottage Pie uses beef.

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In early cookery books, the dish is given as a way of using leftover roasted meat of any kind, and the pie dish was lined on the sides and bottom with mashed potato, as well as having a mashed potato crust on top. A more elaborate version in 1921 by Auguste Escoffier consisted of a baked potato whose contents were emptied, mixed with diced meat and lyonnaise sauce and returned to the potato shells or skins to be baked. This version is not found in standard cookbooks. 

Here are a few of my ways with easy to set, bake and dish out Shepherd’s Pie variations to relish:

Recipe-1 CHEF’S SPECIAL BAKED BONANZA PIE

BONANZA PIE

Ingredients:

For the base of the pie:

Oil-2 tsp

Butter-2 tsp

Garlic-1 tsp chopped

Onions-1 small chopped

Green chilies- 1 tsp chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Soy keema/granules- 1 cup soaked in warm water-15 mins.

Soy chunks- 1 cup, soaked in warm water- 15 mins

Green/red/yellow capsicum- ½ cup small cubes

Green peas-1/2 cup boiled

Carrots- ½ cup small cubes, blanched

Celery-1 stalk, cut into small pieces

Mixed herbs-1/2 tsp

Chili flakes-1/2 tsp

Tomato puree-1/2 cup

Water/stock-1/4 cup

Grated paneer- ½ cup

Grated cheese-1/2 cup

Coriander/parsley- 2 tbsp. chopped

 Tomato ketchup- 2-3 tbsp.

Chili sauce/ Capsico- 2 tsp

Sliced black/ green olives- 4-5 no

For the setting and assembly:

Boiled- mashed potatoes- 2 cups – around 6- 8 medium sized potatoes to be boiled, peeled, mashed, add 2 tsp butter, salt and pepper,2-3 tsp fresh cream and mix.

White sauce- 1 cup

Method:

1. Prepare all the ingredients for the bonanza pie.

2. Work on the mashed potatoes and keep aside, add fresh cream to the potatoes in order to make them easy to pipe.

3. Now start with the base mixture for the pie, heat oil and butter in a pan add in the garlic, onions saute for a few mins. Add in the capsicum, soy chunks and granules, carrots, peas and any other veggies.

4. Add in salt, pepper, mixed herbs, chili flakes and mix well. Cook for 3-4 mins, add in the grated paneer and mix well, simmer.

5.Add in the tomato ketchup, chili sauce and mix well, adjust the seasonings, cook for 3-5 mins more.

6. Grease a baking dish with butter, pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and place the prepared base in the tray, sprinkle cheese and other garnishes as desired. Top with white sauce, cheese and the mashed potatoes, brush a little melted butter on the top and place for baking around 20-25 mins. Remove and serve hot. 

Recipe-2 CHICKEN AND PEPPER PIE

CHICKEN

Ingredients:

For the base of the pie:

Oil-2 tsp

Butter-2 tsp

Garlic-1 tsp chopped

Onions-1 small chopped

Green chilies- 1 tsp chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken keema- 1 and a half cup/ 150- 200gms

American sweet corn-1/2 cup boiled

Green/red/yellow capsicum- ½ cup small cubes

Green peas-1/2 cup boiled

Carrots- ½ cup small cubes, blanched

Celery-1 stalk, cut into small pieces

Mixed herbs-1/2 tsp

Chili flakes-1/2 tsp

Tomato puree-1/2 cup

Water/stock-1/4 cup

Grated cheese-1/2 cup

Coriander/parsley- 2 tbsp. chopped

Tomato ketchup- 2-3 tbsp.

Chili sauce/ Capsico- 2 tsp

Sliced black/ green olives- 4-5 no

For the setting and assembly:

Boiled- mashed potatoes- 2 cups – around 6- 8 med sized potatoes to be boiled, peeled, mashed, add 2 tsp butter, salt and pepper,2-3 tsp fresh cream and mix.

White sauce- 1 cup

Method:

1. Prepare all the ingredients for the chicken-pepper pie.

2. Work on the mashed potatoes and keep aside, add fresh cream to the potatoes in order to make them easy to pipe.

3. Now start with the base mixture for the pie, heat oil and butter in a pan add in the garlic, onions saute for a few mins. Add in the capsicum, chicken keema, carrots, peas, corn and any other veggies.

4. Add in salt, pepper, mixed herbs, chili flakes and mix well. Cook for 3-4 mins and mix well, simmer.

5.Add in the tomato ketchup, chili sauce and mix well, adjust the seasonings, cook for 3-5 mins more.

6. Grease a baking dish with butter, pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and place the prepared base in the tray, sprinkle cheese and other garnishes as desired. Top with white sauce, cheese and the mashed potatoes, brush a little melted butter on the top and place for baking around 20-25 mins. Remove and serve hot.

Recipe-3 COMFORTING MINCE MEAT PIE

MEAT PIE

Ingredients:

For the base of the pie:

Oil-2 tsp

Butter-2 tsp

Garlic-1 tsp chopped

Onions-1 small chopped

Green chilies- 1 tsp chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Mutton keema- 1 and a half cup/ 150- 200gms

American sweet corn-1/2 cup boiled

Green/red/yellow capsicum- ½ cup small cubes

Green peas-1/2 cup boiled

Sweet potato- 1 cups boiled cube

Carrots- ½ cup small cubes, blanched

Celery-1 stalk, cut into small pieces

Mixed herbs-1/2 tsp

Chili flakes-1/2 tsp

Tomato puree-1/2 cup

Water/stock-1/4 cup

Grated cheese-1/2 cup

Coriander/parsley- 2 tbsp. chopped

 Tomato ketchup- 2-3 tbsp.

Chili sauce/ Capsico- 2 tsp

Sliced black/ green olives- 4-5 no

For the setting and assembly:

Boiled- mashed potatoes- 2 cups – around 6- 8 med sized potatoes to be boiled, peeled, mashed, add 2 tsp butter, salt and pepper,2-3 tsp fresh cream and mix.

White sauce- 1 cup

Method:

1. Prepare all the ingredients for the chicken-pepper pie.

2. Work on the mashed potatoes and keep aside, add fresh cream to the potatoes in order to make them easy to pipe.

3. Now start with the base mixture for the pie, heat oil and butter in a pan add in the garlic, onions saute for a few mins. Add in the capsicum, mutton keema, carrots, sweet potato cubes, peas, corn and any other veggies.

4. Add in salt, pepper, mixed herbs, chili flakes and mix well. Cook for 3-4 mins and mix well, simmer.

5.Add in the tomato ketchup, chili sauce and mix well, adjust the seasonings, cook for 3-5 mins more.

6. Grease a baking dish with butter, pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and place the prepared base in the tray, sprinkle cheese and other garnishes as desired. Top with white sauce, cheese and the mashed potatoes, brush a little melted butter on the top and place for baking around 20-25 mins. Remove and serve hot.

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Recipe-4 COZY SAUSAGE COTTAGE PIE

COTTAGE PIE

Ingredients:

For the base of the pie:

Oil-2 tsp

Butter-2 tsp

Garlic-1 tsp chopped

Onions-1 small chopped

Green chilies- 1 tsp chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken sausages- 1 and a half cup/ 150- 200gms

American sweet corn-1/2 cup boiled

Green/red/yellow capsicum- ½ cup small cubes

Green peas-1/2 cup boiled

Carrots- ½ cup small cubes, blanched

Celery-1 stalk, cut into small pieces

Mixed herbs-1/2 tsp

Chili flakes-1/2 tsp

Tomato puree-1/2 cup

Water/stock-1/4 cup

Grated cheese-1/2 cup

Coriander/parsley- 2 tbsp. chopped

Tomato ketchup- 2-3 tbsp.

Chili sauce/ Capsico- 2 tsp

Sliced black/ green olives- 4-5 no

For the setting and assembly:

Boiled- mashed potatoes- 2 cups – around 6- 8 med sized potatoes to be boiled, peeled, mashed, add 2 tsp butter, salt and pepper,2-3 tsp fresh cream and mix.

White sauce- 1 cup

Method:

1. Prepare all the ingredients for the chicken-pepper pie.

2. Work on the mashed potatoes and keep aside, add fresh cream to the potatoes in order to make them easy to pipe.

3. Now start with the base mixture for the pie, heat oil and butter in a pan add in the garlic, onions saute for a few mins. Add in the capsicum, chicken sausages, carrots, sweet potato cubes, peas, corn and any other veggies.

4. Add in salt, pepper, mixed herbs, chili flakes and mix well. Cook for 3-4 mins and mix well, simmer.

5.Add in the tomato ketchup, chili sauce and mix well, adjust the seasonings, cook for 3-5 mins more.

6. Grease a baking dish with butter, pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and place the prepared base in the tray, sprinkle cheese and other garnishes as desired. Top with white sauce, cheese and the mashed potatoes, brush a little melted butter on the top and place for baking around 20-25 mins. Remove and serve hot.

Recipe-5 HIDDEN TREASURE PROTEIN PIE

PROTEIN PIE

Ingredients:

For the base of the pie:

Oil-2 tsp

Butter-2 tsp

Garlic-1 tsp chopped

Onions-1 small chopped

Green chilies- 1 tsp chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken cubes 1 and a half cup/ 150- 200 gms boiled

American sweet corn-1/2 cup boiled

Boiled eggs- 2-3 no, cut into cubes

Green/red/yellow capsicum- ½ cup small cubes

Green peas-1/2 cup boiled

Carrots- ½ cup small cubes, blanched

Celery-1 stalk, cut into small pieces

Mixed herbs-1/2 tsp

Chili flakes-1/2 tsp

Tomato puree-1/2 cup

Water/stock-1/4 cu

Grated cheese-1/2 cup

Coriander/parsley- 2 tbsp. chopped

Tomato ketchup- 2-3 tbsp.

Chili sauce/ Capsico- 2 tsp

Sliced black/ green olives- 4-5 no

For the setting and assembly:

Boiled- mashed potatoes- 2 cups – around 6- 8 med sized potatoes to be boiled, peeled, mashed, add 2 tsp butter, salt and pepper,2-3 tsp fresh cream and mix.

White sauce- 1 cup

Method:

1. Prepare all the ingredients for the chicken-pepper pie.

2. Work on the mashed potatoes and keep aside, add fresh cream to the potatoes in order to make them easy to pipe.

3. Now start with the base mixture for the pie, heat oil and butter in a pan add in the garlic, onions saute for a few mins. Add in the capsicum, chicken cubes, carrots, sweet potato cubes, peas, corn and any other veggies.

4. Add in salt, pepper, mixed herbs, chili flakes and mix well. Cook for 3-4 mins, add in the boiled cubes of eggs and mix well, simmer.

5.Add in the tomato ketchup, chili sauce and mix well, adjust the seasonings, cook for 3-5 mins more.

6. Grease a baking dish with butter, pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and place the prepared base in the tray, sprinkle cheese and other garnishes as desired. Top with white sauce, cheese and the mashed potatoes, brush a little melted butter on the top and place for baking around 20-25 mins. Remove and serve hot.

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Recipe- 6 VEGGIE WONDER PIE BAKE

PIE BAKE

Ingredients:

For the base of the pie:

Oil-2 tsp

Butter-2 tsp

Garlic-1 tsp chopped

Onions-1 small chopped

Green chilies- 1 tsp chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Broccoli-1 cup florets, blanched

American sweet corn-1/2 cup boiled

Yellow zucchini-1 cup, cubes

Green/red/yellow capsicum- ½ cup small cubes

Fresh mushrooms- 1 cup, cut 1 x 2

Tofu- 1 cup, cut into cubes

Carrots- ½ cup small cubes, blanched

Celery-1 stalk, cut into small pieces

Mixed herbs-1/2 tsp

Chili flakes-1/2 tsp

Tomato puree-1/2 cup

Water/stock-1/4 cup

Grated cheese-1/2 cup

Coriander/parsley- 2 tbsp. chopped

 Tomato ketchup- 2-3 tbsp.

Chili sauce/ Capsico- 2 tsp

Sliced black/ green olives- 4-5 no

For the setting and assembly:

Boiled- mashed potatoes- 2 cups – around 6- 8 med sized potatoes to be boiled, peeled, mashed, add 2 tsp butter, salt and pepper,2-3 tsp fresh cream and mix.

White sauce- 1 cup

Method:

1. Prepare all the ingredients for the chicken-pepper pie.

2. Work on the mashed potatoes and keep aside, add fresh cream to the potatoes in order to make them easy to pipe.

3. Now start with the base mixture for the pie, heat oil and butter in a pan add in the garlic, onions saute for a few mins. Add in the capsicum, broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, corn, tofu and any other veggies.

4. Add in salt, pepper, mixed herbs, chili flakes and mix well. Cook for 3-4 mins, add in the grated paneer and mix well, simmer.

5.Add in the tomato ketchup, chili sauce and mix well, adjust the seasonings, cook for 3-5 mins more.

6. Grease a baking dish with butter, pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and place the prepared base in the tray, sprinkle cheese and other garnishes as desired. Top with white sauce, cheese and the mashed potatoes, brush a little melted butter on the top and place for baking around 20-25 mins. Remove and serve hot.

Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more such recipe by chef Kaviraj Khialani who is not just a celebrity Master Chef but has a varied experience with hotels and airlines. He is an author, food writer,  food designer, consultant, and creative cuisine specialist. 

 
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