Daniel Holzman's Life of Shepherd's Pi

Inspired by "Life of Pi"

GMA Recipes
Cook Time: min


  • For the filling:
  • 1 pound ground lamb shoulder
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ onion, minced
  • ½ carrot, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 3 tsp Garem Masala
  • ground chili to taste
  • For the topping:
  • 3 medium / large sweet potatoes, quartered (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 can Coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Cooking Directions

    For the Filling:

    In a medium pot sweat the onions, garlic, carrot, celery and ginger over a medium flame stirring frequently until they begin to brown (about 10 minutes). Add the lamb, the chili and the Garem Masala and continue to cook for 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and continue cooking for 5 minutes.

    In a small pot, combine the potatoes with enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over a high flame then reduce to low and allow to simmer until fork tender (about 25 minutes) Strain until completely dry. While the potatoes are still piping hot, combing with the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and mash with a wire whisk or potato masher until relatively smooth.

    To finish, fill the boats ½ way with the lamb mixture, top with the mashed sweet potates and sprinkle with Garem Masala, ground ginger and ground chili. Bake in the broiler until evenly golden brown, (about 5 minutes)

    Recipe courtesy Daniel Holzman.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: potatoes, ground lamb, oil, onion

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