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Old 05-08-2006, 08:57 AM   #1
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Shepherd's Pie Topping

I want to make the above with lamb, peas, carrots and wonder if anyone can suggest a topping that is not mashed potatoes. Just trying to come up with something different. If mashed potatoes is the topping of choice, would you also put grated cheese on top, and what kind?

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Old 05-08-2006, 09:23 AM   #2
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You could put a homemade pie crust top but that would be more like a pot pie. Cheese on the mashed potatoes is fine, as far as the kind, there is nothing wrong or right, there are SO many types of cheese, anything you like is great.
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:27 AM   #3
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I like to make my mashed potato topping with compound butter made with bleu cheese.
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Old 05-08-2006, 09:54 AM   #4
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Here is an idea I just had, I don't know if it would be any good. You could try bread crumbs or even toping the pie with stuffing.
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:09 AM   #5
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How about biscuit dough?
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:36 AM   #6
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Pureed cooked cauliflower provides a similar texture to mashed potatoes but an interesting flavour.

Just boil the heck out of a bunch of cauliflower, drain, and puree. (add in some S&P, butter and/or milk if you so desire)
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:44 AM   #7
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Any of these ideas would work, but don't call the result Shepherd's Pie. To be SP, the topping should be mashed potatoes.
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:48 AM   #8
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Any of these ideas would work, but don't call the result Shepherd's Pie. To be SP, the topping should be mashed potatoes.
Hehe... would calling it "Shepard's Pie Inspired" or "Shepard's Pie-esque" work?
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:55 AM   #9
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I saw Paula Deen doing an episode on English Pub Food after she and Michael took a trip to London.
She made a fabulous looking shepherd's pie with the mashed potatoes on the bottom, topped with a layer of leftover roast beef and gravy, peas and carrots, and then a layer of bisquit batter over the top. She used baking mix, and made the batter about the thickness of pancake batter, then poured melted butter over the top. I can't remember all the details, but it looked scrumptious.

I looked for the episode, but it's not listed.

PS...I did a search, and here's the recipe:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/cda/...L-PAGE,00.html
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Old 05-08-2006, 11:43 AM   #10
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mashies are traditional, but do what you like. Yes cheese is often mixed in or grated on top. I like parmesan with mashies. I would do chopped green onion, parmesan, and a little sour cream in my spuds
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