Aussie jackaroo pie

It doesn't much more Aussie tan this!

This little beauty is the perfect meal to whip up ahead of Christmas this week. It’s similar to a Shepherd’s pie, but with a little Australian twist – vegemite! As strange as it might sound, it works perfectly and adds just right amount of salt to season and add depth to the flavour. Top off the pie with beautiful light and fluffy mashed potato and sprinkle over some parmesan cheese and little knobs of butter for a lovely golden finish. It recipe makes enough for plenty of leftover, which means you don’t have to worry about cooking every night in the lead up to Christmas. Perfect!


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 500g lamb mince
  • 2 teaspoons Vegemite
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 spring onions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups warm mashed potato
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon butter


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Increase the heat to medium-high. Add the lamb mince and cook, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon, for 3-4 minutes until browned. Stir in the Vegemite. Transfer the lamb to a bowl and set aside.

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2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the onion and the white part of the spring onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes until softened.

3. Mix in the peas, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and stir thoroughly to combine. Return the lamb to the pan and add the stock. Stir to combine and season. Mix the green spring onions through the warmed mashed potato.

4. Divide the lamb mixture among four 2 cup (500ml) ramekins or place in a 2L pie dish, then top with the mashed potato and parmesan. Pattern mash with a fork and top with little dabs of butter.

5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top is nicely browned. Serve immediately.


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