Friday, 8 July 2016

Greek Lamb Shepherds Pie with Feta Mash



As much as I love to cook, some days I just want the convenience of being able to take something out of the fridge or freezer and pop it in the oven. Even better if that something is homemade. Alas I'm not the best at being organised with the whole batch cooking thing but do occasionally manage to get ahead of the game and prepare a couple of meals in advance. My Greek Lamb Shepherds Pie with Feta Mash is absolutely perfect for this and combined with the Zyliss Fresh Glass Storage range I'm all set with a meal that can be made ahead and frozen ready to be defrosted and reheated at a later date for a quick and super tasty midweek supper. The lamb mince base combines the Greek flavours of olives, courgettes, lemon and cinnamon with a feta cheese mash and a hint of mint. If you fancy going Scottish instead of Greek be sure to check out my Haggis Shepherds Pie as an alternative. 



I've been trying out the fab glass storage range form Zyliss which comes in five sizes between 0.5L and 3L and have been really impressed with it for a number of reasons

  • Fantastically versatile for cooking, serving, and storage. Stylish enough for oven to table use and no need to transfer into another container for freezing.
  • Both base and lid are freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe and the stackable lids make storage efficient and secure
  • Multi fit lids fit both Zyliss plastic and glass storage containers
  • The patented, unique seal is 100% leak proof and airtight, keeping food fresher for longer. Zyliss fresh storage keeps food up to 2x longer than when it is in its original packaging.
  • The clip and close lids feature an integrated seal to ensure no gaps or food traps, 100% hygienic and 100% bacteria and mildew resistant
  • Oven safe premium tempered glass base is oven safe to 420c (obviously the plastic lid is not to be used in the oven!)




Greek Lamb Shepherds Pie with Feta Mash


800g Potatoes
200g Feta Cheese, cubed
Bunch of Fresh Mint, leaves finely chopped

3 Shallots, finely chopped
500g Lamb Mince
1 Lamb Stock Cube
1 Courgette, finely chopped or grated
1 Tsp Cinnamon
Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon
75g Black Olives, quartered
Freshly Ground Black Pepper

If the dish is to be eaten straight away rather than refrigerated or frozen, preheat your oven to 180c, otherwise you'll just need the hob for now.

Peel and roughly chop the potatoes and cook in a large pan of boiling salted water for 15-20 minutes until soft. Once cooked, drain the potatoes well and mash along with the feta cheese and chopped mint.

Meanwhile finely chop the shallot (I use my Zyliss Easy Pull) and pop it in a saucepan along with the lamb mince . Stir gently until broken up and browned. 
Crumble in a lamb stock cube and add the courgette (again I use the Easy Pull to prep this), cinnamon, lemon zest and juice, olive pieces and black pepper. 
Bring to the boil then turn down the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes.

Transfer the lamb mix to a 2 litre dish. Top with the mashed potato, feta and mint mixture and use a fork to rough up or make a pattern on the top. 
Cook for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling. 

If freezing allow to cool with the lid off before clipping on the lid and popping the dish in the freezer.
To cook from frozen, defrost overnight in the fridge and check to make sure it is thoroughly defrosted. Once defrosted use within 24 hours and cook as above until piping hot. 


Disclosure : This is a commissioned recipe for Zyliss. All views expressed are my own.

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10 comments :

  1. I love shepherd's pie but also love how you added feta cheese to this! Sounds amazing Claire!

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    1. I think I'm now going to be adding Feta to mashed potato at all possible opportunities. I surprised myself with how good it tasted.

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  2. What a great idea for a twist on Shepherd's Pie. I love those dishes too, I have something similar but the lids are starting to split, will look out for the zyliss glass storage dishes, they look ideal.

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    1. I've been super impressed with the Zyliss storage range in both glass and plastic. The lids are really sturdy, have great seals and very easy to clip on and off, unlike some others that I've tried.

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  3. This sounds completely delicious! I love all those greek flavours and would never have thought to put feta in mashed potato; inspired. I'll have to have a closer look at those storage containers too... I never really like using plastic ones for anything so they look like a good alternative and can be used in the oven too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm not keen on reheating stuff in the microwave in plastic containers and the smaller sizes of the Zyliss fresh glass storage range would be perfect for storing leftovers.

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  4. Oh this sounds incredible Claire, Iove the flavour combinations and would never have thought to add feta xx

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    1. There's a real freshness about the Greek flavours of lemon and mint which work so well together even in what is traditionally more of a comfort food dish.

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  5. Oooh I love a good cheesey mash and love the sound of your feta mash. This would go down a treat in our house! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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  6. You had me at feta mash! What a great idea. I am planning freezer meals for a hospital stay in the summer and this is on the list! Sounds delish x

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