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Shepherds Pie with Cumin and Smashed Chickpeas

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Makes 8 servings.

Hearty chickpeas (also called garbanzos) combine with toasty cumin, seasoned beef and lamb for a robust one-dish entree bursting with flavor.


  1 1/2 lbs all-purpose potatoes, peeled and quartered

  1 can (15 1/2 ounces) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed, divided

  1/4 cup milk

  2 Tbs butter

  1 1/2 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Sicilian Sea Salt, divided

  1 lb ground lamb

  1/2 lb lean ground beef

  1 cup coarsely chopped onion

  1 Tbs McCormick® Gourmet Collection Roasted Ground Cumin

  1 tsp McCormick® Gourmet Collection Ground Coriander Seed

  1/4 cup whiskey or apple cider

  1 cup beef broth

  1 Tbs cornstarch

  1 cup each frozen carrots and green beans, unthawed

  1/2 tsp McCormick® Black Pepper, Coarse Ground

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Place potatoes in 2-quart saucepan. Add water to cover. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain and return to saucepan. Add 1/2 of the chickpeas, milk, butter and 1/2 teaspoon of the sea salt; coarsely mash until well blended. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Brown lamb and beef in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat. Add onion, cumin, coriander, remaining 1 teaspoon sea salt and pepper; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until onions are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in whiskey. Stir broth into cornstarch until smooth. Add to skillet; stir constantly until well blended. Stir in vegetables and remaining chickpeas. Spoon into 2-quart baking dish. Spread potato mixture evenly over top.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and top is golden brown. If needed, place under preheated broiler to brown potato topping