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Lamb Shank Shepherd's Pie

This was actually my first attempt at piping potato. I didn't have a piping bag, so I used a zip lock bag with the corner cut off. Not ideal, but it still looked pretty groovy, especially sprinkled with smoked paprika.

Under the potato layer is a lamb shank mix that the chef cooked a week or so ago and froze in sachets for future use. We tried it as pies with pastry, but this was actually a much nicer way to eat it. We will probably make another Moussaka with one of the other sachets. It was made from eight very large lamb shanks that I picked up from the mobile butcher at the Orange Grove Markets. The mix was made to be deliberately mild so it could go in any direction without dominating. The meat is very tender from the slow cooking method used.

I am looking forward to making this again because I clearly need more piping practice!



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Jun. 11th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
Looks AWESOME. It would be the only time I would be partial to smooth mashed potato as well (I am very much a lumpy-with-the-skins-in kinda girl).

I also really like the idea of cooking and freezing portions of stewed meat. You've given me ideas...
Jun. 11th, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
It came up so well, and was an absolute bargain! We cooked eight lamb shanks (came to $50 for the meat as they were very large) with vegies and herbs, and so far we have had seven portions from it, with two sachets left (say one of five portions, one of three). That's about $3.33 of meat per portion.
Jun. 11th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
That is foodporn worthy, had me drooling at my desk.
Jun. 11th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
When you dont have a fabric piping bag, use greseproof paper, easy quick, and you dont have to use pipes, can created your own shapes etc.
Jun. 11th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Much more sensible than our zip lock bag!
Jun. 16th, 2009 08:20 am (UTC)
Keep an eye out for these Multix piping bags, they sometimes have them for close to nix at the Aldi.

Jun. 17th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Much cheaper than the Peter's of Kensington version I picked up and put back down. Thanks!
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