Luxury Venison Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Luxury Sheperds Pie. Getty
  • 70 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins,
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6
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Think Shepherd's Pie and no doubt the first thought would be a homely supper, leftovers and thrift. Well all of that is true, of course. A Shepherd's Pie can also be so much more. Take the thick rich meaty filling covered with fluffy, creamy mash and take it to new heights with this Luxury Shepherd's Pie Recipe which is just as easy to make as the original and even more delicous.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp. flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 lb/900g potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 6 tbsp. milk
  • 2 oz./110g butter, cubed plus 1 tbsp. for the sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp. lard or dripping
  • 1 cup/115g onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup/115g carrot (finely diced)
  • 1 cup/115g parsnip (finely diced)
  • 1 cup/115g celery (finely diced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 2 cups/450g venison mince (ground venison)
  • 1 pint/600 ml beef (or chicken stock)
  • 1 small glass of Port (or good red wine)
  • 1 cup/115g white mushrooms (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. flat leaf parsley (finely chopped)
  • Optional: tiny pinch of mace

How to Make It

  • Heat the oven to 190 C/375 F/Gas 5
  • Mash the flour into the  1 tbsp butter into a small bowl and pop into the freezer.
  • Place the potatoes into a large pan of boiling water. Boil the potatoes until they are soft but not breaking up; this will take about 15 - 20 minutes.When soft then drain through a colander.
  • Place the milk and butter in the same pan you used to boil the potatoes. Returnthe pan  to the heat,  gently warm until the butter has melted. Add the potatoes to the pan and mash with a potato masher or fork. Add a little salt and a few twists of pepper to taste, then put to one side.
  • In a large,roomy frying pan, melt the lard or dripping.  Add the onion, carrot, parsnip and leek to the pan and fry for 5 - 6 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and cook for a minute more.Raise the heat and add the red wine, let this bubble for 5 minutes until the wine is reduced.
  • Add the minced venison to the vegetables and approx a third of  beef stock. Cook, stirring constantly until all the meat is browned. Add the remaining stock, parsley and mushrooms. season with salt and pepper and the Mace if using. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Take the flour and butter paste from the freezer then add in tiny pieces to the meat sauce, stirring until all the flour has dissolved and the sauce has thickened slightly, approx 5 mins.
  • Place the sauce into an  20cm X 7cm (8"X 3") deep ovenproof dish and cover with the mashed potato. Fluff up the surface with a fork and season again with salt and pepper.
  • Bake in the heated oven for 30 - 35 mins until the surface is crisp and browned. Serve immediately.


Note: Shepherds pie is made with lamb,  if using ground beef it would be called a Cottage Pie. The recipe, however, is the same for both. To be even thriftier, why not use up any lamb or beef leftover from your Sunday roast,