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Country captain shepherd's pie

This fragrant take on a shepherd's pie uses lamb shoulder or leg, slow-cooked, as a beautiful alternative to mince.

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For the filling:

For the topping:

  • 3-4 large baking potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped            
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 dried red chilli, shredded
  • 250g/9oz fresh spinach leaves, coarsely shredded
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 75ml/3floz double cream