Heard it through the grapevine not much longer will you eat my gravy. Soulful shepherd’s pie…
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The 1968 Marvin Gaye version of I Heard It Through The Grapevine was, for a time, Motown’s biggest hit, despite having been released by Gladys Knight And The Pips a year earlier. It is now considered a soul classic and, in the 1980s, returned to prominence for a new generation thanks to the Nick Kamen Levi’s commercial. Unsurprisingly, the song is included in Motown The Musical, which you can read more about in our Ain’t No Mountain Stroganoff post.
Shepherd’s pie is one of the all-time-great English comfort foods. Traditionally, it consists of ground/minced lamb, root vegetables and gravy, topped with mashed potato, baked until crispy. Variants include cottage pie (uses beef) and Cumberland pie (with grated cheese on top). Whatever the version, leftovers are always a great source of meat (my childhood version used left over roast lamb minced up with onion and parsley). Braised meat is another great filling and the topping doesn’t necessarily have to be potato.
For example, if you had left over braised lamb shank and carrots and maybe some left over cauliflower mash… (perhaps you’ve even cooked Shank You For The Music…?) you could reassemble these into a shepherd’s pie in a casserole dish.
Shred the leftover meat and mix with the chopped up carrots and gravy. Top with mash. Sprinkle on a little cheese. Bake at 160C fan for 25mins or so until the top has browned and the sauce is bubbling. Serve with peas or, erm, grapes (from a vine).