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Shepherd’s Pie

Serves 8

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons melted for brushing top
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
3 carrots, sliced 1/3-inch-thick
2 pounds ground lamb
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste
2 cups homemade or low sodium commercial chicken stock
One 10-ounce package frozen peas
Mashed Potatoes (recipe follows)

1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large skillet heat the oil and 2 tablespoons butter over high heat. Add onions and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.

2. Add lamb and cook, stirring and breaking up lamb with the back of a wooden spoon, until lamb is beginning to brown, about 8 minutes. Stir in Worcestershire, tomato paste, salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce. Cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Add stock and bring to a simmer. Stir in peas and return to a simmer.

3. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Spoon or pipe mashed potatoes evenly over meat mixture. Brush with melted butter. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until top is golden and juices are bubbling, 25 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 20 to 30 minutes before serving.


Mashed Potatoes

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