In the beginning I would like to clarify that technically Shepherd’s pie is basically a beef casserole. But I have adapted this popular and delicious comfort food to the meat that we eat; which is Chicken. So this is basically a Chicken casserole. And since beef is itself juicy I believe thus the recipes don’t generally call for sauce and ginger garlic. But i believe chicken will tatse very bland like that thus I have made a few additions to this dish.
The best thing about this dish is that this needs very less prep time and that too could be done in advance. So if planning this in your menu in a party, you can do the prep and keep it ready and when guests arrive you can just layer it in a jiffy and shove it in the oven and go chat while this bakes.Ok don’t shove it though; place the dish nicely on the baking rack. I think your guests won’t be too happy with a sloppy casserole ?
Prep time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 10 mins
Baking time : 20 mins
Mince chicken – 300 gms
Potatoes -4 large , peeled and cubed
Carrots – 4, peeled and cubed
Peas – 1/4 cups
Onion – 2 , chopped
Garlic paste – 2 tsp
Garlic paste – 2 tsp
All purpose flour – 2 tbsp
Worcesterchire sauce / steak sauce – 2 tbsp
Chicken stock – 3/4 cups
Tomato puree – 2 tbsp
Thyme – 1 tsp
Rosemary – 1 tsp
Butter – 2 tbsp
Olive oil – 2 tsp
Cheddar cheese – grated – 1/2 cup
Boil the potatoes and carrots separately for 10 -15 mins in salted water
They should be cooked but firm
Once boiled, strain and mash the potatoes.
Add in 1 tbsp butter, salt, a pinch of pepper powder.
Mix in half of the onions and half of the grated cheese.
Mix together and keep aside
Drain and mash the carrots. Add a pinch if salt.
Soak the peas in hot water and add this to the carrots and keep it aside
If you are using frozen peas, then thaw it beforehand
You can also lightly saute the peas separately in a spoon of butter before adding, this will give a better taste. But I am much too lazy to do this. ?
Put a flat pan on heat and add the oil.
Now add the rest of onions and saute till soft
Now add the ginger and garlic paste
Add the mince and saute in low heat till you see the chicken turning white
This happens pretty quickly so be sure not to overcook the mince
Add in the flour, steak sauce and fry for a min
Now add the chicken stock and let it simmer till the liquid dries up completely
Now in a square baking tray layer the chicken on the bottom
Press it in with a spatula and ensure that it is evenly spread
Now add the carrots as the next layer
Next add the potatoes and layer this evenly on the layer of carrots
Press it in properly from all sides
Generously spread the cheese as the top layer and cover the dish with aluminium foil
Place it on baking rack
Leave it for 20 mins
In the meantime go and sing some songs for your guests, if you have a really sucky voice then your guests will be relieved when you finally serve the food and find it even tastier ?
Take it out when it turns golden brown and let it cool off a bit
Cut into squares using a sharp knife and dig in?