Individual Shepherd's Pie

These tasty little shepherd’s pies are made in a small gratin dish and are quick to prepare. The lamb is mixed with beans and a minted tomato sauce, and then covered with a creamy mash potato and topped with cheese and cherry tomatoes.

Individual Shepherd's Pie

4 servings
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 900 g (2 lb) potatoes (about 6 medium)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 450 g (1 lb) lamb mince/ground lamb
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 300 ml (10 fl oz) lamb or beef stock (1¼ cups)
  • 415 g tin (398 ml) can baked beans
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée/paste
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • knob of butter
  • a little milk
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 55 g (2 oz) cheddar cheese, grated (½ cup)

To serve

  • You will also need 4 individual serving ovenproof dishes for this recipe


  • Method
  • Peel and cut the potatoes into even-sized pieces. Place in a pan, cover with water, season with salt, and bring to the boil. Then simmer for 20 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile heat the oil in a frying pan/skillet, add the lamb, and brown over a medium heat, about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat a little and stir through the flour.
  • Then stir in the stock, and continue stirring until it thickens, about 2 minutes.
  • Next, add the baked beans, tomato purée/paste, Worcestershire sauce, and mint. Season. Reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Divide amongst the four dishes.
  • Preheat the grill/broiler while finishing the pies.

  • Drain the potatoes once they are tender, then mash adding a good knob of butter and just enough milk to produce a creamy mash. Spread the mash evenly over the meat mixture.

  • Place six tomato halves, cut sides up, on top of each pie, pressing them down a little into the mash.
  • Then sprinkle the cheese over top.
  • Put the dishes on a heavy-based baking sheet, place under the grill/broiler and cook for about 6–8 minutes until the tops are golden and juices are bubbling round the edges.
  • Individual Shepherd's Pie
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Updated: October 2, 2018

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