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Shepherd's Pie

4 lg Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled
1/4 c whipping cream
2 tb butter
2 egg yolks
generous pinch nutmeg
salt and pepper

3 tb olive oil
1 ts butter
1 sm onion, finaly diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
pinch chili flakes
1 md carrot, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 sprig fresh thyme (1 ts dry)
salt and pepper
250 g lean ground beef
250 g ground lamb
1/4 c chicken or beef stock
1 1/2 tb tomato paste
1/2 c chopped assorted wild mushrooms oyster, portobello or shiitake
1 md ripe, sliced tomato

For topping, place potatoes in large saucepan of cold, salted water.
Bring to boil and simmer partially covered for 20 minutes or until
very tender. Drain. Mash in pot until smooth. Add cream, butter,
egg yolks, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Mash until smooth
and fluffy. Keep warm.

For filling, heat 1 tb. oil and butter in large skillet over
medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and chili flakes; cook 2
minutes. Add carrot, celery, thyme, salt and pepper to taste; cook
3 minutes. Set aside in bowl.

Add 1 tb. oil to skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add beef
and lamb; cook, stirring continuously, until meat is no longer
pink. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Discard sprig thyme and any excess fat from pan. Add vegetable
mixture to meat in pan. Stir in stock and tomato paste. Reduce
heat and cook covered on low heat 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Meanwhile, in separate small frying pan, heat remaining oil over
medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook 2 minutes until soft.
Sprinkle mushrooms on to bottom of ovenproof casserole dish, about
8 inches square. Pour meat mixture over top, spreading evenly.
Place tomato slices on meat. Either pipe mashed potatoes over meat
mixture using piping bag fitted with star tip or spread potatoes
over mixture.

Bake in preheated 375F oven 25 to 30 minutes until potatoes are
golden and meat mixture is hot. If potatoes are not golden, place
under broiler 2 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


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