Cheesy ham and chive “Shepherd’s Pie”

Cheesy ham and chive “Shepherd’s Pie”

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From
The Herb & Flower Cookbook
Serves
4
Cooking time
45 mins

It seems odd that creamy mashed potato toppings have for so long been kept solely for lamb, beef and fish. As soon as the idea of chicken, mushroom and tarragon under mash is suggested, it’s very why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-before-ness hits you with some force. Similarly, ham and chive works equally well, the potent onion flavours of the chive cutting through the rich sauce. Don’t be tempted to add any salt – it really doesn’t need it. There isn’t much to this dish, which makes its potato and cheesy goodness all the more heartening.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
200g thickly sliced ham, torn into large chunks
50ml vegetable stock, hot
150ml double cream
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chives, chopped
100g mature cheddar cheese, grated, plus extra for the topping
black pepper
600g potatoes
butter

Method

  1. Scatter the ham around the base of a shallow pie dish. If you are using a stock cube to make the stock, only crumble in about ½ of the cube or its saltiness will overpower the dish. In a large bowl, mix the hot stock with all the remaining ingredients apart from the potatoes and butter. Season with some black pepper. Pour the mixture over the ham, spreading it all out evenly.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Peel, halve and boil the potatoes for about 20 minutes, until a knife slices through them easily. Once cooked, drain and mash with a knob of butter. Spoon the potatoes over the creamy ham mixture and carefully smooth with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle some extra cheese over the top and bake for 25–30 minutes, until golden and bubbling, and the cheese has started to brown. Serve with peas, carrots or a crisp green salad.

Substitute the chives with...

  • Tarragon, parsley or oregano.
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