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Recipe: Shepherd’s pie for St. George’s Day

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In many countries, April 23 is the day of celebrating St. George’s Day, who is admired as a soldier who bravely slayed a dragon. This legend dates back to the 12th century, and it also left traces in Latvian culture and beliefs.

Although, in Latvia, George is known as Jurgis (Jurģis), who, under the influence of Christianity, took the place of the Latvian Usins (Ūsiņš).

It should be noted that Jurgis and George also called the patrons of shepherds and flocks, which is why BNN offers our readers to learn about the Shepherd’s pie recipe.

The Shepherd’s pie is a traditional British dish, which is prepared from minced meat and potatoes. The pie tradition in England began with the introduction of potatoes.

It was a typical rural dish – simple and prepared from the goods grown in the yard. Traditionally prepared from meat left over from the previous day (usually beef) and potato chips slices.

The American version of Shepherd’s pie is called Cowboy pie, adding corn and other vegetables to the mix.

While in Russia it is called Kartofelnaya zapekanka (Картофельная запеканка), but in many other countries of the world it is simply called meat pie.

This dish is also prepared in vegetarian cuisine as well, replacing meat with soy meat, lentils or tofu.

Nowadays it is customary to prepare the pie from mashed potatoes and toppings sprinkled with grated cheese.

 

The Shepherd’s pie recipe:

(for four people)

Ingredients:

* 1.2kg of mashed potatoes

* 1 egg yolk

* 400g of minced beef or veal meat

* 4-5 tablespoons of tomato paste

* 3 carrots

* 200g of butter beans (frozen acceptable)

* garlic and other spices of choice

* Grated cheese

Method:

Carrots should be grated on a rough grater and should then be fried along with minced meat and spices.

Butter beans should first be slightly cooked in salt water, sifted, and then added to the carrot-meat mass.

Everything should be mixed, tomato paste should be added, along with half a glass of water or broth and should then be stewed for around 5 minutes.

One egg yolk should be added to the mashed potatoes, one tablespoon of flour and seasonings of choice.

The meat-vegetable mixture should be put on the bottom of the ovenware it should then be covered with mashed potatoes and sprinkled with grated cheese.

The oven should be set for 180 degrees Celsius and cooked for 25-30 minutes.

Enjoy!

 


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