Clocking in at just 2 minutes and 5 seconds, Gordon Ramsay’s YouTube video on shepherd’s pie is a manly speed round of how he makes a classic dish. My favorite comment below the video says, “If you slow down the speed to 0.25, you can see him make a shepherds pie.”
Growing up, my Irish-American parents never made me shepherd’s pie, even though they would longingly talk about it from their childhoods. So for the past couple years, I have been making it for the family with ground beef or turkey, peas, carrots, corn, and the mashed potato topping.
Recently, after watching the Gordon Ramsay video, I discovered something strange….
Americans don’t eat lamb. Like, ever.
In fact, before a couple days ago, I have never eaten lamb before in my life. At first, I assumed it was because eating a lamb is like eating a puppy. They’re so adorable, how could you ever want to eat those little guys? In fact, I have beautiful memories holding lambs at petting zoos. I figured they were simply too cute to eat.
But after doing some research, I discovered that lamb used to be a lot more common years ago, when people were more influenced by European traditions. But the American farming industry began huge marketing campaigns around pork, chicken, and beef. Now, that’s all we eat, besides the occasional turkey for cold cuts, or on Thanksgiving.
So I began my mission to find lamb.
It wasn’t easy. I Googled my local area, and it claimed that Walmart had it in stock. I scoured the meat section, and didn’t find any at all. I search Whole Foods, and it kept re-routing me to a location over 100 miles away. Then, I searched the local meat wholesaler, and they require you to spend $400 on an entire lamb.
I was just about to give up, until I realized I could special order lamb through a butcher via Walmart Grocery Pickup. They finally delivered my lamb out to my car…Like, behind the store, like some dirty secret they were trying to hide. (Okay, all Walmart Grocery Pickup is behind the store, but it still felt very shady that they were too ashamed keep it on the shelves.)
Finally, I had the ground lamb.
I watched Gordon Ramsay video again, and set out to get my meal ready.
Potatoes ready to boil? Check. Flesh of the innocent? Check.
Maybe I’m just used to my 97% lean ground turkey, but the lamb meat produced a surprising amount of fat, so I had to transfer it out before I continued. Once my cat smelled the cooking, she started scream-meowing. She could smell a new kind of meat she hadn’t had before. So I let some cool off, and gave her a plate.
She ate it all, but immediately drank a ton of water. Maybe that’s a sign.
In the video, Gordon Ramsay suggests grating the carrots and onion, because apparently, he wants to pretend that there aren’t any vegetables in this dish at all.
I added corn just to spite him.
When it was done, it sort of resembled chili. Can you tell that I accidentally put in way too much tomato paste?
I also forgot to add the eggs to the potatoes, because who puts eggs in potatoes?!
The Final Verdict…
It was delicious, if I do say so myself. Thanks, Gordon Ramsay. And thank you to the sweet baby angel of a lamb that sacrificed its life for this meal.