A fun teatime treat for the whole family; jacket potatoes baked in the oven and filled with a delicious shepherds pie filling.
When it comes to dinnertime I tend to cook the same things time and time again. When I’m in a hurry it’s much easier to turn to the tried and tested list of recipes that I know my kids will eat, rather than experiment with something new. But in an effort to make mealtimes a little more interesting for us, I’m determined to add some delicious new recipes to my repertoire.
First up are these super tasty Shepherds Pie Jacket Potatoes! There’s nothing drastically new about this recipe for my kids. I make shepherd pie or cottage pie every few weeks and they eat jacket potatoes regularly too, but I thought why not combine the two and see what happens!
This recipe is very easy to make, although it does take a little bit of time as the potatoes need about an hour to cook in the oven. After that, all you need to do is fry up your shepherd pie mixture, scoop out the potatoes and assemble.
My kids loved these as I think it was a really novel way to serve dinner for them. I’m definitely going to be trying lots more jacket potato fillings in the future!
- 4 medium baking potatoes
- ½ tbsp oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 250g lamb mince
- 2 carrots, finely chopped
- 1 celery, finely chopped
- 200ml water
- ½ tsp dried mixed herbs
- 100g frozen peas
- 2 tsp gravy granules
- 2 tbsp butter
- optional: cheese to top
- Preheat the oven to 180c. Wash the potatoes and pierce them several times with a fork. Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes until cooked through.
- Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onions and garlic and gently cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the lamb mince and cook until brown.
- Add the carrots, celery, water and dried herbs and cook on a simmer for 10 minutes. Add the frozen peas and gravy granules and mix well. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes before taking off the heat.
- When the potatoes are cooked slice the top off each of the potatoes. Scoop out about ¾ of the filling inside the potatoes and put this into a bowl. Add the butter and mash it with a fork.
- Spoon the shepherds pie filling into each of the baked potatoes and top with a large dollop of the mashed potato. Top with cheese and serve.
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