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Sichuan-style Shepherd’s Pie

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The comfort factor with this dish is off the charts! A savoury, meaty filling meets creamy, cheesy mashed potato for a match made in heaven.

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SICHUAN-STYLE SHEPHERD’S PIE

PREP TIME

20 minutes
COOK TIME

45 minutes
SERVES

4
Ingredients

1.2kg (2.6 lb) potatoes, peeled 

100g (3.5 oz) butter 

½ cup coarsely grated cheese 

1 egg yolk, whisked 

 

Sichuan meat sauce: 

2 tbsp vegetable oil 

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped 

1 onion, finely chopped 

1 tbsp finely chopped ginger 

¼ cup douban jiang chilli bean paste* 

800g (1.7 lb) lamb mince 

large tomatoes, finely chopped 

2 tbsp soy sauce 

2 tsp dark soy sauce 

1 cup chicken stock 

1 tsp sugar 

1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch) mixed with 2 tbsp water 

Steps
Step 1

For the Sichuan meat sauce, heat the vegetable oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onion and ginger and stir-fry for a couple of minutes. Add the douban jiang chilli bean paste and stir-fry for another couple of minutes. Then add the lamb and stir-fry until almost cooked. 

Step 2

Add the tomatoes, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, chicken stock and sugar. Stir until well combined. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. 

Step 3

In the meantime, cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for 10-12 minutes or until tender and cooked through. Drain and place in a large bowl with the butter. Season with extra salt. Mash until smooth. Then stir through the cheese. 

Step 4

Preheat oven to 180 C/356 F. 

Step 5

Stir the cornflour mixture through the meat sauce. Simmer for another minute or until thickened slightly.  

Step 6

Spoon the meat sauce into individual cups or ramekins (each 1 cup capacity) or into one large 4-cup capacity casserole dish. Top with the cheesy mashed potato. Brush the potato with the egg yolk. 

Step 7

Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the potato tops are golden. 

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Notes:

– Douban jiang is a spicy fermented chilli bean paste. Find it at your Asian grocery store or search for it online. Alternatively, use Korean gochujang paste for a slightly different but still delicious flavour!

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